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Job 38 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The LORD Reveals His Omnipotence to Job
God Shows Job’s Ignorance
(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 who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:3 - Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:4 - “Where were you when I laid the foundations 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 - To what were its foundations fastened?
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 forth and issued from the womb;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:9 - When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:10 - When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:11 - When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’
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 ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:14 - It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:15 - From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the upraised arm is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:16 - “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:17 - Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:18 - Have you comprehended the breadth 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,
That you may know the paths to its home?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:21 - Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:22 - “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of 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 - By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:25 - “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:26 - To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:27 - To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender 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 comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:30 - The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:31 - “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:32 - Can you bring out Mazzaroth[fn] in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:33 - Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:34 - “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:35 - Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:36 - Who has put wisdom in the mind?[fn]
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 - Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:38 - When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling 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 lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:41 - Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?
NKJV Footnotes
Literally Constellations
Literally inward parts

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