1Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind. He said: 2Who is this who obscures [My] counsel with ignorant words? 3Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me. 4Where were you when I established the earth? Tell [Me], if you have understanding. 5Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone 7while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb, 9when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket, 10when I determined its boundaries and put [its] bars and doors in place, 11when I declared: "You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here"? 12Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, 13so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it? 14The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; [its hills] stand out like [the folds of] a garment. 15Light is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised [in violence] is broken. 16Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans? 17Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of death's shadow? 18Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell [Me], if you know all this. 19Where is the road to the home of light? [Do you know] where darkness lives, 20so you can lead it back to its border? Are you familiar with the paths to its home? 21Don't you know? You were already born; you have lived so long! 22Have you entered the [place] where the snow is stored? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail, 23which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of warfare and battle? 24What road leads to [the place] where light is dispersed? [Where is the source of] the east wind that spreads across the earth? 25Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning, 26to bring rain on an uninhabited land, [on] a desert with no human life, 27to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout? 28Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew? 29Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven 30when water becomes as hard as stone, and the surface of the watery depths is frozen? 31Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion? 32Can you bring out the constellations in their season and lead the Bear and her cubs? 33Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose its authority on earth? 34Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you? 35Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Do they report to you: "Here we are"? 36Who put wisdom in the heart or gave the mind understanding? 37Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven 38when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods [of dirt] stick together? 39Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions 40when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait within their lairs? 41Who provides the raven's food when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?
1Do you know when mountain goats give birth? Have you watched the deer in labor? 2Can you count the months they are pregnant so you can know the time they give birth? 3They crouch down to give birth to their young; they deliver their newborn. 4Their offspring are healthy and grow up in the open field. They leave and do not return. 5Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness? 6I made the wilderness its home, and the salty wasteland its dwelling. 7It scoffs at the noise of the village and never hears the shouts of a driver. 8It roams the mountains for its pastureland, searching for anything green. 9Would the wild ox be willing to serve you? Would it spend the night by your feeding trough? 10Can you hold the wild ox by its harness to the furrow? Will it plow the valleys behind you? 11Can you depend on it because of its strength? Would you leave it to do your hard work? 12Can you trust the wild ox to harvest your grain and bring [it] to your threshing floor? 13The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but are her feathers and plumage like the stork's? 14She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand. 15She forgets that a foot may crush them or that some wild animal may trample them. 16She treats her young harshly, as if [they] were not her own, with no fear that her labor may have been in vain. 17For God has deprived her of wisdom; He has not endowed her with understanding. 18When she proudly spreads her wings, she laughs at the horse and its rider. 19Do you give strength to the horse? Do you adorn his neck with a mane? 20Do you make him leap like a locust? His proud snorting [fills one with] terror. 21He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength; He charges into battle. 22He laughs at fear, since he is afraid of nothing; he does not run from the sword. 23A quiver rattles at his side, along with a flashing spear and a lance. 24He charges ahead with trembling rage; he cannot stand still at the trumpet's sound. 25When the trumpet blasts, he snorts defiantly. He smells the battle from a distance; he hears the officers' shouts and the battle cry. 26Does the hawk take flight by your understanding and spread its wings to the south? 27Does the eagle soar at your command and make its nest on high? 28It lives on a cliff where it spends the night; its stronghold is on a rocky crag. 29From there it searches for prey; its eyes penetrate the distance. 30Its brood gulps down blood, and wherever corpses lie, it is there.