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Job 38 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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God Speaks Now to 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 - “Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:4 - “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you [fn]have understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:5 - Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on 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 enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:9 - When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:10 - And I [fn]placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:11 - And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God's Mighty Power

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:12 - “Have you [fn]ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:13 - That it might take hold of the ends 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 they stand forth like a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:15 - “From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:16 - “Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or walked [fn]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 understood the [fn]expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:19 - “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:20 - That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its [fn]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 distress,
For the day of war and battle?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:24 - “Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:25 - “Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:26 - To bring rain on a land without [fn]people,
On a desert without a man in it,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:27 - To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the [fn]seeds of grass to sprout?
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 has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:30 - “Water [fn]becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
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 a [fn]constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her [fn]satellites?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:33 - “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:34 - “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will 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 innermost being
Or given understanding to the [fn]mind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 - “Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:38 - When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick 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
And lie in wait in their lair?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:41 - “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: know understanding
Literally: broke My decree on it
Literally: from your days
Or, in search of
Or, width
Literally: house
Literally: man
Or, growth
Literally: hides itself
Hebrew: Mazzaroth
Literally: sons
Or, rooster

New American Standard Bible 1995
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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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