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Chapter 38

38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast the understanding.

38:5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

38:6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,

38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, and issued out of the womb;

38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

38:10 And prescribed for it My decree, and set bars and doors,

38:11 And said: 'Thus far shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed'?

38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began, and caused the dayspring to know its place;

38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal; and they stand as a garment.

38:15 But from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm is broken.

38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

38:18 Hast thou surveyed unto the breadths of the earth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and as for darkness, where is the place thereof;

38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

38:21 Thou knowest it, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

38:22 Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, or hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail,

38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

38:24 By what way is the light parted, or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

38:25 Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is, on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

38:28 Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoar-frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

38:30 The waters are congealed like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

38:31 Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

38:32 Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her sons?

38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

38:35 Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee: 'Here we are'?

38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?

38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38:38 When the dust runneth into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

38:40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

38:41 Who provideth for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry unto God, and wander for lack of food?

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