The Lord Speaks
2 Who is this who obscures [My] counsel with ignorant words? 3 Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me. 4 Where were you when I established the earth? Tell [Me], if you have understanding. 5 Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket, 10 when I determined its boundaries and put [its] bars and doors in place, 11 when I declared: "You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here"?
12 Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, 13 so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it? 14 The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; [its hills] stand out like [the folds of] a garment. 15 Light is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised [in violence] is broken.
16 Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of death's shadow? 18 Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell [Me], if you know all this.
19 Where is the road to the home of light? [Do you know] where darkness lives, 20 so you can lead it back to its border? Are you familiar with the paths to its home? 21 Don't you know? You were already born; you have lived so long! 22 Have you entered the [place] where the snow is stored? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail, 23 which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of warfare and battle? 24 What road leads to [the place] where light is dispersed? [Where is the source of] the east wind that spreads across the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning, 26 to bring rain on an uninhabited land, [on] a desert with no human life, 27 to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout? 28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew? 29 Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven 30 when water becomes as hard as stone, and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?
31 Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion? 32 Can you bring out the constellations in their season and lead the Bear and her cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose its authority on earth? 34 Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you? 35 Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Do they report to you: "Here we are"?
36 Who put wisdom in the heart or gave the mind understanding? 37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven 38 when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods [of dirt] stick together?