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Job 38

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38 The Lord Speaks
From Out of a Storm
1 From out of a storm,
the Lord said to Job:
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1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Why do you talk so much
when you know so little?
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Now get ready to face me!
Can you answer
the questions I ask?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
answer...: Heb. make me know
4 How did I lay the foundation
for the earth?
Were you there?
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
hast...: Heb. knowest understanding
5 Doubtless you know who decided
its length and width.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 What supports the foundation?
Who placed the cornerstone,
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
foundations: Heb. sockets
fastened: Heb. made to sink?
7 while morning stars sang,
38.7 Ba 3.34.
and angels rejoiced?
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 When the ocean was born,
38.8-11 Jr 5.22.
I set its boundaries
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 and wrapped it in blankets
of thickest fog.
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 Then I built a wall around it,
locked the gates,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
brake...: or, established my decree upon it
11 and said,
“Your powerful waves stop here!
They can go no farther.”
11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
thy...: Heb. the pride of thy waves
Did You Ever Tell the Sun To Rise?
12 Did you ever tell the sun to rise?
And did it obey?
12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 Did it take hold of the earth
and shake out the wicked
like dust from a rug?
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
ends: Heb. wings
14 Early dawn outlines the hills
like stitches on clothing
or sketches on clay.
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 But its light is too much
for those who are evil,
and their power is broken.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

16 Job, have you ever walked
on the ocean floor?
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have you seen the gate
to the world of the dead?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 And how large is the earth?
Tell me, if you know!
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

19 Where is the home of light,
and where does darkness live?
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 Can you lead them home?
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
to the bound: or, at, etc
21 I'm certain you must be able to,
since you were already born
when I created everything.
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

22 Have you been to the places
where I keep snow and hail,
22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23 until I use them to punish
and conquer nations?
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 From where does lightning leap,
or the east wind blow?
24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who carves out a path
for thunderstorms?
Who sends torrents of rain
25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
26 on empty deserts
where no one lives?
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 Rain that changes barren land
to meadows green with grass.
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 Who is the father of the dew
and of the rain?
28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29 Who gives birth to the sleet
and the frost
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 that fall in winter,
when streams and lakes
freeze solid as a rock?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
is...: Heb. is taken
Can You Arrange Stars?
31 Can you arrange stars in groups
38.31 Job 9.9; Am 5.8.
such as Orion
and the Pleiades?
31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Pleiades: or, the seven stars: Heb. Cimah
Orion: Heb. Cesil?
32 Do you control the stars
or set in place the Big Dipper
and the Little Dipper?
32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Mazzaroth: or, the twelve signs
guide: Heb. guide them
33 Do you know the laws
that govern the heavens,
and can you make them rule
the earth?
33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 Can you order the clouds
to send a downpour,
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35 or will lightning flash
at your command?
35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
Here...: Heb. Behold us?
36 Did you teach birds to know
that rain or floods
are on their way?
h 38.36 way: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 36.
36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 Can you count the clouds
or pour out their water
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
stay: Heb. cause to lie down
38 on the dry, lumpy soil?
38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
groweth...: or, is turned into mire: Heb. is poured

39 When lions are hungry,
do you help them hunt?
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
the appetite: Heb. the life
40 Do you send an animal
into their den?
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 And when starving young ravens
cry out to me for food,
do you satisfy their hunger?
41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

© 1999 American Bible Society

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