||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 38 [Commentary] |
||Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
||"Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
||"Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
||"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
||Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
||"On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
||When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
||"Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
||When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
||And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
||And I said, `Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop'?
||"Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
||That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
||"It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
||"From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
||"Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
||"Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
||"Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
||"Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
||That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its home?
||"You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
||"Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
||Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
||"Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
||"Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
||To bring rain on a land without people,
On a desert without a man in it,
||To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
||"Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
||"From whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
||"Water becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
||"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
||"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her satellites?
||"Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?
||"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will cover you?
||"Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, `Here we are'?
||"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given understanding to the mind?
||"Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
||When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?
||"Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
||When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
||"Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?
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