"Who is this that darkens my counsel1 with words without knowledge?2
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.3
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?4 Tell me, if you understand.5
Who marked off its dimensions?6 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line7 across it?
On what were its footings set,8 or who laid its cornerstone9--
while the morning stars10 sang together11 and all the angels12 shouted for joy?13
"Who shut up the sea behind doors14 when it burst forth from the womb,15
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,16
when I fixed limits for it17 and set its doors and bars in place,18
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;19 here is where your proud waves halt'?20
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,21 or shown the dawn its place,22
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