38 Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that makes my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true? 3 Be strong like a man. I will ask you questions, and you must answer me. 4 Where were you when I made the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off how big it should be? Surely you know! 6 What were the earth’s foundations set on? Or who put its cornerstone in place? 7 Who did all this while the morning stars sang together? Who did this while the angels shouted with joy?
8 “Who shut the doors to keep the sea in when it broke through and was born? 9 This was when I made the clouds like a coat for the sea. And I wrapped the sea in dark clouds. 10 It was when I put limits on the sea. And I put its doors and bars in place. 11 It was when I said to the sea, ‘You may come this far, but no farther. This is where your proud waves must stop.’
12 “Have you ever given orders for morning to begin? Or have you shown the dawn where its place was? 13 The dawn takes hold of earth by its edges and shakes evil people out of it. 14 At dawn the earth changes like clay being pressed by a seal. The hills and valleys stand out like folds in a coat. 15 Light is not given to evil people. Their arm is raised to do harm, but it is broken.
16 “Have you ever gone to where the sea begins? Or have you walked in the valleys under the sea? 17 Have the gates of death been opened to you? Or have you seen the gates of the deep darkness? 18 Do you understand the great width of the earth? Tell me, if you know all these things.
19 “What is the path to light’s home? And where does darkness live? 20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the way to their homes? 21 Surely you know, if you were already born when all this happened! Have you lived that many years?
22 “Have you ever gone into the storehouse where snow is kept? Or have you seen the storehouses for hail? 23 I save the snow and hail for times of trouble. I save them for days of war and battle. 24 How do you get to the place where light comes from? Or where is the place from which the east winds are scattered over the earth? 25 Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains? And who sets a path for the thunderstorm to follow? 26 Who waters the land where no one lives? Who waters the desert that has no one in it? 27 Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land so the grass begins to grow? 28 Does the rain have a father? Who is father to the drops of dew? 29 Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the sky? 30 The waters become hard as stone. Even the surface of the deep ocean is frozen.
31 “Can you tie up the stars of the Pleiades? Can you loosen the ropes of the stars in Orion? 32 Can you bring out the stars at the right times? Or can you lead out the stars of the Bear with its cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the sky? Can you understand their rule over the earth?
34 “Can you shout an order to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? 35 Can you send lightning bolts on their way? Do the flashes of lightning report to you and say, ‘Here we are’? 36 Who put wisdom inside the mind? Or who put understanding in the heart? 37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can pour water from the jars of heaven? 38 Who can do this when the dust becomes hard and the clumps of dirt stick together?
39 “Do you hunt food for the female lion to satisfy the hunger of the young lions? 40 Do you hunt for them while they lie in their dens or hide in the bushes waiting to attack? 41 Who gives food to the birds when their young cry out to God? And who gives them food when they wander about without any?
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