25 Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain
or clears the way for lightning,
26 to bring rain on an uninhabited land,
on a desert with no human life,[a]
27 to satisfy the parched wasteland
and cause the grass to sprout?(A)
28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathered the drops of dew?(B)
29 Whose womb did the ice come from?
Who gave birth to the frost of heaven
30 when water becomes as hard as stone,[b]
and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 38:26 Lit life in it
  2. Job 38:30 Lit water hides itself as the stone

34 Can you command[a] the clouds
so that a flood of water covers you?(A)
35 Can you send out lightning(B) bolts, and they go?
Do they report to you: “Here we are”?

36 Who put wisdom(C) in the heart[b]
or gave the mind understanding?
37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven
38 when the dust hardens like cast metal
and the clods of dirt stick together?

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Footnotes

  1. Job 38:34 Lit lift up your voice to
  2. Job 38:36 Or the inner self; Ps 51:6

He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain
and brings the wind from His storehouses.(A)

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