while the morning stars1 sang together2 and all the angels3 shouted for joy?4
"Who shut up the sea behind doors5 when it burst forth from the womb,6
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,7
when I fixed limits for it8 and set its doors and bars in place,9
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;10 here is where your proud waves halt'?11
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,12 or shown the dawn its place,13
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked14 out of it?15
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;16 its features stand out like those of a garment.
The wicked are denied their light,17 and their upraised arm is broken.18
"Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?19
Have the gates of death20 been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death ?21
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