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Job 38:1,18-41

The Lord Answers Job

38Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
   Declare, if you know all this.


19 ‘Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
   and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
   and that you may 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 the snow,
   or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
   for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
   or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?


25 ‘Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
   and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no one lives,
   on the desert, which is empty of human life,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
   and to make the ground put forth grass?


28 ‘Has the rain a father,
   or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
   and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
   and the face of the deep is frozen.


31 ‘Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
   or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
   or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
   Can you establish their rule on the earth?


34 ‘Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
   so that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
   and say to you, “Here we are”?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,*
   or given understanding to the mind?*
37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
   Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
   and the clods cling together?


39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
   or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens,
   or lie in wait in their covert?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
   when its young ones cry to God,
   and wander about for lack of food?

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