The LORD Speaks

1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
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2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
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4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
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5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
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7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angelsa shouted for joy?
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8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
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9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
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10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?
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12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,
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13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
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14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
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15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.
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16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
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17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
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18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.
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