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Job 38 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The LORD Challenges Job
(Gen 1:1–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:1 - Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:2 - “Who is this that questions my wisdom
with such ignorant words?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:3 - Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:4 - “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:5 - Who determined its dimensions
and stretched out the surveying line?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:6 - What supports its foundations,
and who laid its cornerstone
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:7 - as the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[fn] shouted for joy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:8 - “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries
as it burst from the womb,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:9 - and as I clothed it with clouds
and wrapped it in thick darkness?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:10 - For I locked it behind barred gates,
limiting its shores.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:11 - I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come.
Here your proud waves must stop!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:12 - “Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:13 - Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth,
to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:14 - As the light approaches,
the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal;
it is robed in brilliant colors.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:15 - The light disturbs the wicked
and stops the arm that is raised in violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:16 - “Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?
Have you explored their depths?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:17 - Do you know where the gates of death are located?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:18 - Do you realize the extent of the earth?
Tell me about it if you know!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:19 - “Where does light come from,
and where does darkness go?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:20 - Can you take each to its home?
Do you know how to get there?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:21 - But of course you know all this!
For you were born before it was all created,
and you are so very experienced!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:22 - “Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of hail?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:23 - (I have reserved them as weapons for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:24 - Where is the path to the source of light?
Where is the home of the east wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:25 - “Who created a channel for the torrents of rain?
Who laid out the path for the lightning?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:26 - Who makes the rain fall on barren land,
in a desert where no one lives?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:27 - Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground
and make the tender grass spring up?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:28 - “Does the rain have a father?
Who gives birth to the dew?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:29 - Who is the mother of the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:30 - For the water turns to ice as hard as rock,
and the surface of the water freezes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:31 - “Can you direct the movement of the stars—
binding the cluster of the Pleiades
or loosening the cords of Orion?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:32 - Can you direct the sequence of the seasons
or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:33 - Do you know the laws of the universe?
Can you use them to regulate the earth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:34 - “Can you shout to the clouds
and make it rain?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:35 - Can you make lightning appear
and cause it to strike as you direct?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:36 - Who gives intuition to the heart
and instinct to the mind?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:37 - Who is wise enough to count all the clouds?
Who can tilt the water jars of heaven
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:38 - when the parched ground is dry
and the soil has hardened into clods?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:39 - “Can you stalk prey for a lioness
and satisfy the young lions’ appetites
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:40 - as they lie in their dens
or crouch in the thicket?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 38:41 - Who provides food for the ravens
when their young cry out to God
and wander about in hunger?
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew the sons of God.
Or its features stand out like folds in a robe.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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