Then the LORD1answeredJob out of the whirlwind and said,
2"Who is this that 2darkenscounsel By wordswithoutknowledge ?
3"Now3gird up your loins like a man, And 4I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
4"Where were you 5when I laid the foundation of the earth ? Tell Me, if you ahaveunderstanding,
5Whoset its 6measurements ? Since you know. Orwhostretched the line on it?
"On what7were its basessunk ? Orwholaid its cornerstone ,
When the morningstarssangtogether And all the 8sons of Godshouted for joy ?
"Or who 9enclosed the sea with doors When, burstingforth, it went out from the womb ;
When I made a cloud its garment And thickdarkness its swaddlingband,
And I b10placedboundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, 'Thusfar you shall come, but nofarther ; And here shall your proudwavesstop '?
"Have you cever in your lifecommanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,
That it might takehold of 11the ends of the earth, And 12the wicked be shaken out of it?
"It is changed like clay under the seal ; And they standforthlike a garment.
"13From the wicked their light is withheld, And the 14upliftedarm is broken.
"Have you entered into 15the springs of the sea Or walkeddin the recesses of the deep ?
"Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of 16deepdarkness ?
"Have you understood the eexpanse of 17the earth ? Tell Me, if you knowall this.
19"Where is the way to the dwelling of light ? And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to 18its territory And that you may discern the paths to its fhome ?
"You know, for 19you were bornthen, And the number of your days is great !
"Have you entered the storehouses20of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the 21hail,
23Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle ?
24"Where is the way that 22the light is divided, Or the eastwindscattered on the earth ?
25"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt ,
To bring23rain on a landwithoutgpeople, On a desertwithout a man in it,
To 24satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the hseeds of grass to sprout ?
28"Has25the rain a father ? Orwho has begotten the drops of dew ?
"From whosewomb has come the 26ice ? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth ?
30"Wateribecomeshard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
"Can you bind the chains of the 27Pleiades, Orloose the cords of Orion ?
"Can you leadforth a jconstellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her ksatellites ?
"Do you know the 28ordinances of the heavens, Orfix their rule over the earth ?
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an 29abundance of water will cover you?
"Can you 30send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'?
36"Who has 31putwisdom in the innermostbeingOrgiven32understanding to the lmind ?
37"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or 33tip the waterjars of the heavens,
When the dusthardens into a mass And the clodssticktogether ?
"Can you hunt the 34prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the younglions,
40When they 35crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair ?
41"Whoprepares for 36the raven its nourishmentWhen its youngcry to God And wander about withoutfood ?