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The Lord Questions Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:

“Who is this that makes my purpose unclear
    by saying things that are not true?
Be strong like a man!
    I will ask you questions,
    and you must answer me.
Where were you when I made the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off how big it should be? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a ruler across it?
What were the earth’s foundations set on,
    or who put its cornerstone in place
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted with joy?

“Who shut the doors to keep the sea in
    when it broke through and was born,
when I made the clouds like a coat for the sea
    and wrapped it in dark clouds,
10 when I put limits on the sea
    and put its doors and bars in place,
11 when 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 was
13 in order to take hold of the earth by its edges
    and shake evil people out of it?
14 At dawn the earth changes like clay being pressed by a seal;
    the hills and valleys stand out like folds in a coat.
15 Light 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?
17 Have the gates of death been opened to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deep darkness?
18 Do 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?
20 Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the way to their homes?
21 Surely 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,
23 which I save for times of trouble,
    for days of war and battle?
24 Where is the place from which light comes?
    Where is the place from which the east winds blow over the earth?
25 Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains
    and sets a path for the thunderstorm?
26 Who waters the land where no one lives,
    the desert that has no one in it?
27 Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land
    so the grass begins to grow?
28 Does the rain have a father?
    Who is father to the drops of dew?
29 Who is the mother of the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost from the sky
30 when 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?
32 Can you bring out the stars on time
    or lead out the stars of the Bear with its cubs?
33 Do 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?
35 Can you send lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they come to you and say, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who put wisdom inside the mind
    or understanding in the heart?
37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
    Who can pour water from the jars of the sky
38 when 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 lions
40 while they lie in their dens
    or hide in the bushes waiting to attack?
41 Who gives food to the birds
    when their young cry out to God
    and wander about without food?

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