Job 38:4-Job 40:2 - Yahweh Interrogates Job

4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of my earth? Tell me, since you're so informed! 5 Who set its measurement? Am I to assume you know? Who stretched a boundary line over it? 6 On what were its bases set? Who laid its corner stone 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the divine beings shouted joyfully?

8 "Who enclosed the sea with limits when it gushed out of the womb, 9 when I made clouds to be its clothes and thick darkness its swaddling blanket, 10 when I proscribed a boundary for it, set in place bars and doors for it; 11 and said, "You may come only this far and no more. Your majestic waves will stop here.'?

12 "Have you ever commanded the morning at any time during your life? Do you know where the dawn lives, 13 where it seizes the edge of the earth and shakes the wicked out of it? 14 Like clay is molded by a signet ring, the earth's hills and valleys then stand out like the colors of a garment. 15 Then from the wicked their light is withheld and their upraised arm is broken.

16 "Have you been to the source of the sea and walked about in the recesses of the deepest ocean? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 18 Do you understand the breadth of the earth? Tell me, since you know it all!

19 "Where is the road to where the light lives? Or where does the darkness live? 20 Can you take it to its homeland, since you know the path to his house? 21 You should know! After all, you had been born back then, so the number of your days is great! 22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen where the hail is stored, 23 which I've reserved for the tribulation to come, for the day of battle and war? 24 Where is the lightning diffused or the east wind scattered around the earth?

25 "Who cuts canals for storm floods, and paths for the lightning and thunder, 26 to bring rain upon a land without inhabitants, a desert in which no human beings live, 27 to satisfy a desolate and devastated desert, causing it to sprout vegetation? 28 "Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the dew? 29 Whose womb brings forth the ice? Who gives birth to frost out of an empty sky, 30 when water solidifies like stone and the surface of the deepest sea freezes?

31 "Can you bind the chains of Pleiades or loosen the cords of Orion? 32 Can you bring out constellations in their season? Can you guide the Bear with her cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you regulate their authority over the earth? 34 "Can you call out to the clouds, so that abundant water drenches you? 35 Can you command the lightning, so that it goes forth and calls to you, "Look at us!'

36 "Who sets wisdom within you, or imbues your mind with understanding? 37 Who has the wisdom to be able to count the clouds, or to empty the water jars of heaven, 38 when dust dries into a mass and then breaks apart into clods?

39 "Can you hunt prey for the lioness to satisfy young lions 40 when they crouch in their dens and lie in ambush in their lairs? 41 Who prepares food for the raven, when its offspring cry out to God as they wander for lack of food?"

1 "Do you know when the mountain goat gives birth? Do you watch the doe as it calves its young? 2 Can you count the months of their gestation? Do you know the time when they give birth, 3 when they crouch down to give birth to their offspring, and let go of their birth pangs? 4 Their young are strong; they grow up in the open field; then they go off and don't return to them."

5 "Who sets the wild donkey free? Who loosens the bonds of the wild donkey 6 to whom I've given the Arabah for a home; the salt plain for his dwelling place? 7 He despises city noises; he ignores the shouts of the driver. 8 He ranges the mountains that are his pasture to search for anything green. 9 Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he sleep at night near your feeding trough? 10 Can you bind the ox to plow a furrow with a rope? Will he harrow after you in the valley? 11 Will you trust him because of his great strength and entrust your labor to him? 12 Will you trust him that he'll bring in your grain, and gather it to your threshing floor?"

13 "The wings of the ostrich flap joyously, but aren't its pinions and feathers like the stork? 14 She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand, 15 but she forgets that a foot might crush them or any wild animal might trample them. 16 She mistreats her young as though they're not hers, and she has no fear that her labor may be in vain, 17 because God didn't grant her wisdom and never gave her understanding. 18 And yet when she gets ready to run, she laughs at the horse and its rider."

19 Do you instill the horse with strength? Do you clothe its neck with a mane? 20 Can you make him leap like the locust, and make the splendor of his snorting terrifying? 21 He paws the ground in the valley and rejoices in his strength; he goes out to face weapons. 22 He scoffs at fear and is never scared; he never retreats from a sword. 23 A quiver of arrows rattles against his side, along with a flashing spear and a lance. 24 Leaping in his excitement, he takes in the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpets sound! 25 When the trumpet blasts he'll neigh, "Aha! Aha!' From a distance he can sense war, the war cry of generals, and their shouting."

26 "Is it by your understanding that the hawk flies, spreading its wings toward the south? 27 Does the eagle soar high at your command and build its nest on the highest crags? 28 He dwells on the crags where he makes his home, there on the rocky crag is his stronghold. 29 From there he searches for prey, and his eyes recognize it from a distance. 30 His young ones feast on blood; he'll be found wherever there's a carcass."

1 The LORD continued his response to Job by saying: 2 "Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him? Let God's accuser answer."

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