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Job 38

38:1 Then Jehovah 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 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 brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb; 38:9 When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, 38:10 And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors, 38:11 And said, Hitherto 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 [all things] stand forth as a garment: 38:15 And 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 comprehended the earth in its breadth 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 discern the paths to the house thereof 38:21 [Doubtless], thou knowest, 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 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, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth 38:25 Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the 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 waste and desolate [ground], And to cause the tender grass 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 hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it 38:30 The waters hide themselves [and become] like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen. 38:31 Canst thou bind the cluster 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 train 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 Canst 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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