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Job 38 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The LORD Speaks
(Gen 1:1–10 )
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Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:

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Who is this who obscures my counsel

with ignorant words?

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Get ready to answer me like a man;

when I question you, you will inform me.

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Where were you when I established the earth?

Tell me, if you have[fn] understanding.

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Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know!

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

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What supports its foundations?

Or who laid its cornerstone

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while the morning stars sang together

and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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Who enclosed the sea behind doors

when it burst from the womb,

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when I made the clouds its garment

and total darkness its blanket,[fn]

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when I determined its boundaries[fn]

and put its bars and doors in place,

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when I declared, “You may come this far, but no farther;

your proud waves stop here”?

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Have you ever in your life commanded the morning

or assigned the dawn its place,

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so it may seize the edges of the earth

and shake the wicked out of it?

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The earth is changed as clay is by a seal;

its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

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Light[fn] is withheld from the wicked,

and the arm raised in violence is broken.

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Have you traveled to the sources of the sea

or walked in the depths of the oceans?

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Have the gates of death been revealed to you?

Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

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Have you comprehended the extent of the earth?

Tell me, if you know all this.

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Where is the road to the home of light?

Do you know where darkness lives,

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so you can lead it back to its border?

Are you familiar with the paths to its home?

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Don’t you know? You were already born;

you have lived so long![fn]

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Have you entered the place where the snow is stored?

Or have you seen the storehouses of hail,

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which I hold in reserve for times of trouble,

for the day of warfare and battle?

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What road leads to the place where light is dispersed?[fn]

Where is the source of the east wind that spreads across the earth?

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Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain

or clears the way for lightning,

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to bring rain on an uninhabited land,

on a desert with no human life,[fn]

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to satisfy the parched wasteland

and cause the grass to sprout?

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Does the rain have a father?

Who fathered the drops of dew?

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Whose womb did the ice come from?

Who gave birth to the frost of heaven

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when water becomes as hard as stone,[fn]

and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?

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Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades

or loosen the belt of Orion?

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Can you bring out the constellations[fn] in their season

and lead the Bear[fn] and her cubs?

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Do you know the laws of heaven?

Can you impose its[fn] authority on earth?

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Can you command[fn] the clouds

so that a flood of water covers you?

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Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go?

Do they report to you, “Here we are”?

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Who put wisdom in the heart[fn]

or gave the mind understanding?

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Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?

Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven

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when the dust hardens like cast metal

and the clods of dirt stick together?

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Can you hunt prey for a lioness

or satisfy the appetite of young lions

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when they crouch in their dens

and lie in wait within their lairs?

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Who provides the raven’s food

when its young cry out to God

and wander about for lack of food?

CSB Footnotes
Lit know
Lit swaddling clothes
Lit I broke my statute on it
Lit Their light
Lit born; the number of your days is great
Or where lightning is distributed
Lit no man in it
Lit water hides itself as the stone
Or Mazzaroth ; Hb obscure
Or lead Aldebaran
Or God’s
Lit lift up your voice to
Or the inner self ; Ps 51:6

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