"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?1 Tell me, if you understand.25
Who marked off its dimensions?3 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line4 across it?
On what were its footings set,5 or who laid its cornerstone6--
while the morning stars7 sang together8 and all the angelsa9 shouted for joy?108
"Who shut up the sea behind doors11 when it burst forth from the womb,129
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,1310
when I fixed limits for it14 and set its doors and bars in place,1511
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;16 here is where your proud waves halt'?1712
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,18 or shown the dawn its place,1913
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked20 out of it?2114
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;22 its features stand out like those of a garment.