God Speaks Now to Job

38 Then the Lord (A)answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

“Who is this that (B)darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now (C)gird up your loins like a man,
And (D)I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you (E)when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you [a]have understanding,
Who set its (F)measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what (G)were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the (H)sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who (I)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,
10 And I [b](J)placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

12 “Have you [c]ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of (K)the ends of the earth,
And (L)the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 “It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
15 (M)From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the (N)uplifted arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered into (O)the springs of the sea
Or walked [d]in the recesses of the deep?
17 “Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of (P)deep darkness?
18 “Have you understood the [e]expanse of (Q)the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to (R)its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its [f]home?
21 “You know, for (S)you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses (T)of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the (U)hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
24 “Where is the way that (V)the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
26 To bring (W)rain on a land without [g]people,
On a desert without a man in it,
27 To (X)satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the [h]seeds of grass to sprout?
28 “Has (Y)the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 “From whose womb has come the (Z)ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
30 “Water [i]becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

31 “Can you bind the chains of the (AA)Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
32 “Can you lead forth a [j]constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her [k]satellites?
33 “Do you know the (AB)ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an (AC)abundance of water will cover you?
35 “Can you (AD)send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 “Who has (AE)put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given (AF)understanding to the [l]mind?
37 “Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or (AG)tip the water jars of the heavens,
38 When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?

39 “Can you hunt the (AH)prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they (AI)crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
41 “Who prepares for (AJ)the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?

God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings

39 “Do you know the time the [m](AK)mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the (AL)deer?
“Can you count the months they fulfill,
Or do you know the time they give birth?
“They kneel down, they bring forth their young,
They get rid of their labor pains.
“Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;
They leave and do not return to them.

“Who sent out the (AM)wild donkey free?
And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
To whom I gave (AN)the wilderness for a home
And the salt land for his dwelling place?
“He scorns the tumult of the city,
The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
“He explores the mountains for his pasture
And searches after every green thing.
“Will the (AO)wild ox consent to serve you,
Or will he spend the night at your manger?
10 “Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with [n]ropes,
Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11 “Will you trust him because his strength is great
And leave your labor to him?
12 “Will you have faith in him that he will return your [o]grain
And gather it from your threshing floor?

13 “The ostriches’ wings flap joyously
With the pinion and plumage of [p]love,
14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth
And warms them in the dust,
15 And she forgets that a foot may crush [q]them,
Or that a wild beast may trample [r]them.
16 “She treats her young (AP)cruelly, as if they were not hers;
Though her labor be in vain, she is [s]unconcerned;
17 Because God has made her forget wisdom,
And has not given her a share of understanding.
18 “When she lifts herself [t]on high,
She laughs at the horse and his rider.

19 “Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20 “Do you make him (AQ)leap like the locust?
His majestic (AR)snorting is terrible.
21 [u]He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He (AS)goes out to meet the weapons.
22 “He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
23 “The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
24 “With shaking and rage he [v]races over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
25 “As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’
And he scents the battle from afar,
And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.

26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
Stretching his wings toward the south?
27 “Is it at your [w]command that the eagle mounts up
And makes (AT)his nest on high?
28 “On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
29 “From there he (AU)spies out food;
His eyes see it from afar.
30 “His young ones also suck up blood;
And (AV)where the slain are, there is he.”

Job: What Can I Say?

40 Then the Lord said to Job,

“Will the faultfinder (AW)contend with the Almighty?
Let him who (AX)reproves God answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said,

“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I (AY)lay my hand on my mouth.
“Once I have spoken, and (AZ)I will not answer;
Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”

God Questions Job

Then the (BA)Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,

“Now (BB)gird up your loins like a man;
I will (BC)ask you, and you instruct Me.
“Will you really (BD)annul My judgment?
Will you (BE)condemn Me (BF)that you may be justified?
“Or do you have an arm like God,
And can you (BG)thunder with a voice like His?

10 (BH)Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity,
And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.
11 “Pour out (BI)the overflowings of your anger,
And look on everyone who is (BJ)proud, and make him low.
12 “Look on everyone who is proud, and (BK)humble him,
And (BL)tread down the wicked [x]where they stand.
13 (BM)Hide them in the dust together;
Bind [y]them in the hidden place.
14 “Then I will also [z]confess to you,
That your own right hand can save you.

God’s Power Shown in Creatures

15 “Behold now, [aa]Behemoth, which (BN)I made [ab]as well as you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16 “Behold now, his strength in his loins
And his power in the muscles of his belly.
17 “He bends his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
18 “His bones are tubes of bronze;
His [ac]limbs are like bars of iron.

19 “He is the (BO)first of the ways of God;
Let his (BP)maker bring near his sword.
20 “Surely the mountains (BQ)bring him food,
And all the beasts of the field (BR)play there.
21 “Under the lotus plants he lies down,
In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.
22 “The lotus plants cover him with [ad]shade;
The willows of the brook surround him.
23 “If a river [ae]rages, he is not alarmed;
He is confident, though the (BS)Jordan rushes to his mouth.
24 “Can anyone capture him [af]when he is on watch,
With [ag]barbs can anyone pierce his nose?

God’s Power Shown in Creatures

41 [ah]Can you draw out [ai](BT)Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
“Can you (BU)put a [aj]rope in his nose
Or pierce his jaw with a [ak]hook?
“Will he make many supplications to you,
Or will he speak to you soft words?
“Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him for a servant forever?
“Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you bind him for your maidens?
“Will the [al]traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him among the merchants?
“Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
“Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle; [am]you will not do it again!
[an]Behold, [ao]your expectation is false;
Will [ap]you be laid low even at the sight of him?
10 “No one is so fierce that he dares to (BV)arouse him;
Who then is he that can stand before Me?
11 “Who has [aq](BW)given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is (BX)under the whole heaven is Mine.

12 “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
Or his mighty strength, or his [ar]orderly frame.
13 “Who can [as]strip off his outer armor?
Who can come within his double [at]mail?
14 “Who can open the doors of his face?
Around his teeth there is terror.
15 His [au]strong scales are his pride,
Shut up as with a tight seal.
16 “One is so near to another
That no air can come between them.
17 “They are joined one to another;
They clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18 “His sneezes flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the (BY)eyelids of the morning.
19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches;
Sparks of fire leap forth.
20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 “His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 “In his neck lodges strength,
And dismay leaps before him.
23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together,
Firm on him and immovable.
24 “His heart is as hard as a stone,
Even as hard as a lower millstone.
25 “When he raises himself up, the [av]mighty fear;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
27 “He regards iron as straw,
Bronze as rotten wood.
28 “The [aw]arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones are turned into stubble for him.
29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble;
He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
30 “His underparts are like sharp potsherds;
He [ax]spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine;
One would think the deep to be gray-haired.
33 (BZ)Nothing on [ay]earth is like him,
One made without fear.
34 [az]He looks on everything that is high;
He is king over all the (CA)sons of pride.”

Footnotes

  1. Job 38:4 Lit know understanding
  2. Job 38:10 Lit broke My decree on it
  3. Job 38:12 Lit from your days
  4. Job 38:16 Or in search of
  5. Job 38:18 Or width
  6. Job 38:20 Lit house
  7. Job 38:26 Lit man
  8. Job 38:27 Or growth
  9. Job 38:30 Lit hides itself
  10. Job 38:32 Heb Mazzaroth
  11. Job 38:32 Lit sons
  12. Job 38:36 Or rooster
  13. Job 39:1 Lit goats of the rock
  14. Job 39:10 Lit his rope
  15. Job 39:12 Lit seed
  16. Job 39:13 Or a stork
  17. Job 39:15 Lit it
  18. Job 39:15 Lit it
  19. Job 39:16 Lit without fear
  20. Job 39:18 Or to flee
  21. Job 39:21 Lit They paw
  22. Job 39:24 Or swallows up
  23. Job 39:27 Lit mouth
  24. Job 40:12 Lit under them
  25. Job 40:13 Or their faces
  26. Job 40:14 Or praise you
  27. Job 40:15 Or the hippopotamus
  28. Job 40:15 Lit with
  29. Job 40:18 Lit bones
  30. Job 40:22 Lit his shade
  31. Job 40:23 Or oppresses
  32. Job 40:24 Lit in his eyes
  33. Job 40:24 Lit snares
  34. Job 41:1 Ch 40:25 in Heb
  35. Job 41:1 Or the crocodile
  36. Job 41:2 Lit rope of rushes
  37. Job 41:2 Or thorn or ring
  38. Job 41:6 Lit partners
  39. Job 41:8 Lit do not add
  40. Job 41:9 Ch 41:1 in Heb
  41. Job 41:9 Lit his
  42. Job 41:9 Lit he
  43. Job 41:11 Lit anticipated
  44. Job 41:12 Or graceful
  45. Job 41:13 Lit uncover the face of his garment
  46. Job 41:13 So Gr; Heb bridle
  47. Job 41:15 Lit rows of shields
  48. Job 41:25 Or gods
  49. Job 41:28 Lit son of the bow
  50. Job 41:30 Or moves across
  51. Job 41:33 Lit dust
  52. Job 41:34 Ch 41:26 in Heb

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