Job 38:4-38 NIV

4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?1 Tell me, if you understand.2

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      5 Who marked off its dimensions?3 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line4 across it?

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      6 On what were its footings set,5 or who laid its cornerstone6--

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      7 while the morning stars7 sang together8 and all the angelsa9 shouted for joy?10

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        • a 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
          8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors11 when it burst forth from the womb,12

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          9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,13

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          10 when I fixed limits for it14 and set its doors and bars in place,15

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          11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;16 here is where your proud waves halt'?17

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          12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,18 or shown the dawn its place,19

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          13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked20 out of it?21

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          14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;22 its features stand out like those of a garment.

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          15 The wicked are denied their light,23 and their upraised arm is broken.24

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          16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?25

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          17 Have the gates of death26 been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of deathb ?27

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            • b 38:17 - Or "gates of deep shadows"
              18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?28 Tell me, if you know all this.29

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              19 "What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?30

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              20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths31 to their dwellings?

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              21 Surely you know, for you were already born!32 You have lived so many years!

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              22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow33 or seen the storehouses34 of the hail,35

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              23 which I reserve for times of trouble,36 for days of war and battle?37

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              24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,38 or the place where the east winds39 are scattered over the earth?40

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              25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,41

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              26 to water42 a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it,43

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              27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?44

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              28 Does the rain have a father?45 Who fathers the drops of dew?

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              29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens46

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              30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?47

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              31 "Can you bind the beautifulc Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?48

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                • c 38:31 - Or "the twinkling"; or "the chains of the"
                  32 Can you bring forth the constellations49 in their seasonsd or lead out the Beare with its cubs?50

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                    • d 38:32 - Or "the morning star in its season"
                    • e 38:32 - Or "out Leo"
                      33 Do you know the laws51 of the heavens?52 Can you set up [God'sf] dominion over the earth?

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                        • f 38:33 - Or "his"; or "their"
                          34 "Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?53

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                          35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?54 Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

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                          36 Who endowed the heartg with wisdom55 or gave understanding56 to the mindh ?

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                            • g 38:36 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
                            • h 38:36 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
                              37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars57 of the heavens58

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                              38 when the dust becomes hard59 and the clods of earth stick together?60

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