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Job 38:1-21 NIV

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?

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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?

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      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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        • ¥ 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
          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,

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          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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          19 “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?

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          20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

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          21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

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          • a 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
          • b 38:31 - Septuagint; Hebrew "beauty"
          • c 38:32 - Or "the morning star in its season"
          • d 38:32 - Or "out Leo"
          • e 38:33 - Or "their"
          • f 38:36 - That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
          • g 38:36 - That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.