Job 38 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said: 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:
2 "Why do you confuse the issue? Why do you talk without knowing what you're talking about? 2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?
3 Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
4 Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! 4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who decided on its size? Certainly you'll know that! Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--
7 While the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? 8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
9 That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn't run loose, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
11 And said, 'Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.' 11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'?
12 "And have you ever ordered Morning, 'Get up!' told Dawn, 'Get to work!' 12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,
13 So you could seize Earth like a blanket and shake out the wicked like cockroaches? 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
14 As the sun brings everything to light, brings out all the colors and shapes, 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The cover of darkness is snatched from the wicked - they're caught in the very act! 15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.
16 "Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things, explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean? 16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Do you know the first thing about death? Do you have one clue regarding death's dark mysteries? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death ?
18 And do you have any idea how large this earth is? Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer. 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.
19 "Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives 19 "What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
20 So you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? 20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21 Why, of course you know that. You've known them all your life, grown up in the same neighborhood with them! 21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!
22 "Have you ever traveled to where snow is made, seen the vault where hail is stockpiled, 22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness for times of trouble and battle and war? 23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?
24 Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows? 24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who do you suppose carves canyons for the downpours of rain, and charts the route of thunderstorms 25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 That bring water to unvisited fields, deserts no one ever lays eyes on, 26 to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it,
27 Drenching the useless wastelands so they're carpeted with wildflowers and grass? 27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?
28 And who do you think is the father of rain and dew, 28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 the mother of ice and frost? 29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 You don't for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you? 30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?
31 "Can you catch the eye of the beautiful Pleiades sisters, or distract Orion from his hunt? 31 "Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you get Venus to look your way, or get the Great Bear and her cubs to come out and play? 32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the first thing about the sky's constellations and how they affect things on Earth? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up [God's] dominion over the earth?
34 "Can you get the attention of the clouds, and commission a shower of rain? 34 "Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Can you take charge of the lightning bolts and have them report to you for orders? What Do You Have to Say for Yourself? 35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?
36 "Who do you think gave weather-wisdom to the ibis, and storm-savvy to the rooster? 36 Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind ?
37 Does anyone know enough to number all the clouds or tip over the rain barrels of heaven 37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38 When the earth is cracked and dry, the ground baked hard as a brick? 38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?
39 "Can you teach the lioness to stalk her prey and satisfy the appetite of her cubs 39 "Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 As they crouch in their den, waiting hungrily in their cave? 40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 And who sets out food for the ravens when their young cry to God, fluttering about because they have no food? 41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?