Job 38

Book of Job - Chapter 38

Job 38:1

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind,

Job 38:2

"Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 38:3

Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me!

Job 38:4

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

Job 38:5

Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?

Job 38:6

Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,

Job 38:7

when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Job 38:8

"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth from the womb,

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

Job 38:10

marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,

Job 38:11

and said, 'Here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?'

Job 38:12

"Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;

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that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?

Job 38:14

It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.

Job 38:15

From the wicked, their light is withheld. The high arm is broken.

Job 38:16

"Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?

Job 38:17

Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?

Job 38:18

Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.

Job 38:19

"What is the way to the dwelling of light? As for darkness, where is its place,

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that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?

Job 38:21

Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!

Job 38:22

Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures of the hail,

Job 38:23

which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

Job 38:24

By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?

Job 38:25

Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;

Job 38:26

To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;

Job 38:27

to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

Job 38:28

Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?

Job 38:29

Out of whose womb came the ice? The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?

Job 38:30

The waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen.

Job 38:31

"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?

Job 38:32

Can you lead forth the constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?

Job 38:33

Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?

Job 38:34

"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover you?

Job 38:35

Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go? Do they report to you, 'Here we are?'

Job 38:36

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind?

Job 38:37

Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

Job 38:38

when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?

Job 38:39

"Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

Job 38:40

when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in the thicket?

Job 38:41

Who provides for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?