"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?1 Tell me, if you understand.2
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 angels9 shouted for joy?10
"Who shut up the sea behind doors11 when it burst forth from the womb,12
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,13
when I fixed limits for it14 and set its doors and bars in place,15
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;16 here is where your proud waves halt'?17
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,18 or shown the dawn its place,19
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked20 out of it?21
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;22 its features stand out like those of a garment.
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