1Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:2"Who is this that makes my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?3Be strong like a man! I will ask you questions, and you must answer me.4Where were you when I made the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.5Who marked off how big it should be? Surely you know! Who stretched a ruler across it?6What were the earth's foundations set on, or who put its cornerstone in place7while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted with joy?8"Who shut the doors to keep the sea in when it broke through and was born,9when I made the clouds like a coat for the sea and wrapped it in dark clouds,10when I put limits on the sea and put its doors and bars in place,11when I said to the sea, 'You may come this far, but no farther; this is where your proud waves must stop'?12"Have you ever ordered the morning to begin, or shown the dawn where its place was13in order to take hold of the earth by its edges and shake evil people out of it?14At dawn the earth changes like clay being pressed by a seal; the hills and valleys stand out like folds in a coat.15Light is not given to evil people; their arm is raised to do harm, but it is broken.16"Have you ever gone to where the sea begins or walked in the valleys under the sea?17Have the gates of death been opened to you? Have you seen the gates of the deep darkness?18Do you understand how wide the earth is? Tell me, if you know all these things.19"What is the path to light's home, and where does darkness live?20Can you take them to their places? Do you know the way to their homes?21Surely you know, if you were already born when all this happened! Have you lived that many years?22"Have you ever gone into the storehouse of the snow or seen the storehouses for hail,23which I save for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?24Where is the place from which light comes? Where is the place from which the east winds blow over the earth?25Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains and sets a path for the thunderstorm?26Who waters the land where no one lives, the desert that has no one in it?27Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land so the grass begins to grow?28Does the rain have a father? Who is father to the drops of dew?29Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the sky30when the water becomes hard as stone, and even the surface of the ocean is frozen?31"Can you tie up the stars of the Pleiades or loosen the ropes of the stars in Orion?32Can you bring out the stars on time or lead out the stars of the Bear with its cubs?33Do you know the laws of the sky and understand their rule over the earth?34"Can you shout an order to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?35Can you send lightning bolts on their way? Do they come to you and say, 'Here we are'?36Who put wisdom inside the mind or understanding in the heart?37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can pour water from the jars of the sky38when the dust becomes hard and the clumps of dirt stick together?39"Do you hunt food for the female lion to satisfy the hunger of the young lions40while they lie in their dens or hide in the bushes waiting to attack?41Who gives food to the birds when their young cry out to God and wander about without food?
1"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the deer gives birth to her fawn?2Do you count the months until they give birth and know the right time for them to give birth?3They lie down, their young are born, and then the pain of giving birth is over.4Their young ones grow big and strong in the wild country. Then they leave their homes and do not return.5"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?6I am the one who gave the donkey the desert as its home; I gave it the desert lands as a place to live.7The wild donkey laughs at the confusion in the city, and it does not hear the drivers shout.8It roams the hills looking for pasture, looking for anything green to eat.9"Will the wild ox agree to serve you and stay by your feeding box at night?10Can you hold it to the plowed row with a harness so it will plow the valleys for you?11Will you depend on the wild ox for its great strength and leave your heavy work for it to do?12Can you trust the ox to bring in your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?13"The wings of the ostrich flap happily, but they are not like the feathers of the stork.14The ostrich lays its eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand.15It does not stop to think that a foot might step on them and crush them; it does not care that some animal might walk on them.16The ostrich is cruel to its young, as if they were not even its own. It does not care that its work is for nothing,17because God did not give the ostrich wisdom; God did not give it a share of good sense.18But when the ostrich gets up to run, it is so fast that it laughs at the horse and its rider.19"Job, are you the one who gives the horse its strength or puts a flowing mane on its neck?20Do you make the horse jump like a locust? It scares people with its proud snorting.21It paws wildly, enjoying its strength, and charges into battle.22It laughs at fear and is afraid of nothing; it does not run away from the sword.23The bag of arrows rattles against the horse's side, along with the flashing spears and swords.24With great excitement, the horse races over the ground; and it cannot stand still when it hears the trumpet.25When the trumpet blows, the horse snorts, 'Aha!' It smells the battle from far away; it hears the shouts of commanders and the battle cry.26"Is it through your wisdom that the hawk flies and spreads its wings toward the south?27Are you the one that commands the eagle to fly and build its nest so high?28It lives on a high cliff and stays there at night; the rocky peak is its protected place.29From there it looks for its food; its eyes can see it from far away.30Its young eat blood, and where there is something dead, the eagle is there."