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Word out of the Whirlwind

38 Then Adonai answered Job out of the whirlwind.

He said:

“Who is this, who darkens counsel
    with words without knowledge?
Now gird up your loins like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you will inform Me!

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who set its dimensions—if you know—
    or who stretched a line over it?
On what were its foundations set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
when the morning stars sang together,
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“And who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made a cloud its garment
    and thick darkness its swaddling cloth,
10 when I prescribed my boundary for it,
    and set bars and gates,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no further;
        here your majestic waves will stop.’
12 “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
    or caused dawn to know its place;
13 that it would take hold of the corners of the earth
    and shake the wicked out of it?
14 It changes shape like clay under a seal—
    they stand out like those of a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withheld,
    and the upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you gone to the springs of the sea,
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanses of the earth?
    If you know it all, declare it!
19 In what direction does light dwell,
    and darkness, where is its place—
20 that you can take it to its borders,
    and discern the paths to its home?
21 Surely you know, for you were born then;
    and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of snow
    or seen the storehouses of hail,
23 which I reserved for a time of distress,
    for a day of battle and war?
24 In what direction is light distributed,
    or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the flood,
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to cause it to rain on an uninhabited land,
    a desert with no one in it,
27 to satisfy a devastated and desolate land,
    and cause it to sprout grass?
28 Does the rain have a father,
    or who has birthed the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost of heaven,
30 when the waters hide like stone,
    and the surface of the deep is frozen?

31 “Can you bind the chains of Pleiades
    or loosen the belt of Orion?
32 Do you bring out the constellations in their season
    or guide the Bear with her cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
    Can you set up dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with an abundance of water?
35 Can you send out lightning bolts, so they go?
Will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who put wisdom in the secret place
    or gave understanding to the mind?
37 Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
    or tip over the water jars of heaven,
38 when dust hardens into a mass
    and clods of earth stick together?

39 “Do you hunt prey for the lioness
    or satisfy the hunger of young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in the thicket?
41 Who arranges provision for the raven,
    when its young cry out to God,
and wander about for lack of food?