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JOB ยท Chapter 38

38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
38:5 Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?
38:6 Whereupon are 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 brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
38:11 And said, Until now shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?
38:12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
38:14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
38:15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.
38:16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?
38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
38:18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
38:19 Where is the way where light dwells? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
38:20 That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?
38:21 Know you it, because you were then born? or because the number of your days is great?
38:22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen the treasures 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, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?
38:25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, 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 Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?
38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it?
38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
38:31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
38:32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?
38:33 Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
38:34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
38:35 Can you send lightnings, that they may go and say unto you, Here we are?
38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38:38 When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
38:39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill 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 provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of food.

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