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Job 38 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Lord Answers Job

(Gen 1:1–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:1 - Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:2 - “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:3 - Dress for action[fn] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:4 - “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:5 - Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:6 - On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:7 - when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:8 - “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:9 - when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:10 - and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:11 - and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:12 - “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:13 - that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:14 - It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:15 - From the wicked their light is withheld,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:16 - “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:17 - Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:18 - Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:19 - “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:20 - that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:21 - You know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:22 - “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:23 - which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:24 - What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:25 - “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:26 - to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:27 - to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:28 - “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:29 - From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:30 - The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:31 - “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:32 - Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth[fn] in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:33 - Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:34 - “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that a flood of waters may cover you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:35 - Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:36 - Who has put wisdom in the inward parts[fn]
or given understanding to the mind?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 - Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:38 - when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods stick fast together?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:39 - “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:40 - when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in their thicket?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:41 - Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew Gird up your loins
Probably the name of a constellation
Or in the ibis
Or rooster

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