God Speaks Now to Job

1 Then the LORD 1answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
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2 "Who is this that 2darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
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3 "Now 3gird up your loins like a man, And 4I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
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4 "Where were you 5when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
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5 Who set its 6measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?
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6 "On what 7were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone *,
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7 When the morning stars sang together And all the 8sons of God shouted for joy?
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8 "Or who 9enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9 When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And I 10placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,
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11 And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

God's Mighty Power

12 "Have you ever * in your life * commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,
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    • c 38:12 - Lit "from your days"
      13 That it might take hold of 11the ends of the earth, And 12the wicked be shaken out of it?
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      14 "It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.
      15 "13From the wicked their light is withheld, And the 14uplifted arm is broken.
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      16 "Have you entered into 15the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
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        • d 38:16 - Or "in search of"
          17 "Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of 16deep darkness?
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          18 "Have you understood the expanse of 17the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
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          19 "Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
          20 That you may take it to 18its territory And that you may discern the paths to its home?
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          21 "You know, for 19you were born then, And the number of your days is great!
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          22 "Have you entered the storehouses 20of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the 21hail,
          23 Which 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 east wind scattered on the earth?
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          25 "Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt *,
          26 To bring 23rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,
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          27 To 24satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
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          28 "Has 25the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
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          29 "From whose womb has come the 26ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
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          30 "Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
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            • i 38:30 - Lit "hides itself"
              31 "Can you bind the chains of the 27Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?
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              32 "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?
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                  33 "Do you know the 28ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?
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                  34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an 29abundance of water will cover you?
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                  35 "Can you 30send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'?
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                  36 "Who has 31put wisdom in the innermost being Or given 32understanding to the mind?
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                  37 "Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or 33tip the water jars of the heavens,
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                  38 When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?
                  39 "Can you hunt the 34prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
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                  40 When they 35crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?
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                  41 "Who prepares for 36the raven its nourishment When its young cry to God And wander about without food?
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