Job 38:1-18 NIV

The LORD Speaks

1 Then the LORD answered Job1 out of the storm.2 He said:

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2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel3 with words without knowledge?4

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3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.5

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4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?6 Tell me, if you understand.7

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      5 Who marked off its dimensions?8 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line9 across it?

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      6 On what were its footings set,10 or who laid its cornerstone11--

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      7 while the morning stars12 sang together13 and all the angelsa14 shouted for joy?15

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        • a 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
          8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors16 when it burst forth from the womb,17

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          9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,18

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          10 when I fixed limits for it19 and set its doors and bars in place,20

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          11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;21 here is where your proud waves halt'?22

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          12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,23 or shown the dawn its place,24

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          13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked25 out of it?26

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          14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;27 its features stand out like those of a garment.

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          15 The wicked are denied their light,28 and their upraised arm is broken.29

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          16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?30

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          17 Have the gates of death31 been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of deathb ?32

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            • b 38:17 - Or "gates of deep shadows"
              18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?33 Tell me, if you know all this.34

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