Then the LORDansweredJob out of the whirlwind, and said ,
Who is this that darkenethcounsel by words without knowledge?3
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answera thou me.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?declare , if thou hastbunderstanding.5
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest ? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundationsc thereof fastened ? or who laid the cornerstone thereof;
When the morningstarssangtogether, and all the sons of Godshouted for joy?
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth , as if it had issued out of the womb?9
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
And brake up for it my decreed place, and setbars and doors,11
And said , Hithertoshalt thou come , but no further : and here shall thy proudwaves be stayed ?
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;13
That it might take hold of the endsd of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.15
And from the wicked their light is withholden , and the higharm shall be broken .
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?17
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?18
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth?declare if thou knowest it all.
Where is the way where lightdwelleth ? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
That thou shouldest take it to the bounde thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born ? or because the number of thy days is great?22
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,23
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?24
By whatway is the lightparted , which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?25
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;26
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;27
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth ?
28Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?29
Out of whose wombcame the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen .
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,f or loose the bands of Orion?32
Canst thou bring forthMazzarothg in his season? or canst thou guideArcturus with his sons?33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?34
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
Canst thou sendlightnings, that they may go , and say unto thee, Here we are?
Who hath putwisdom in the inward parts? or who hath givenunderstanding to the heart?37
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stayh the bottles of heaven,38
When the dustgrowethi into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together ?
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetitej of the young lions,40
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covertto lie in wait?41
Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young onescry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.