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

4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. 5 Who has determined the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it? 6 On what are its foundations fastened? or who laid its cornerstone; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 And prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Thus far shall you come, but no farther: and here shall your proud waves be stopped?

12 Have you commanded the morning since your days began; and caused the dawn to know its place; 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14 It is turned as clay under the seal; and they stand out as a garment. 15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the uplifted arm shall be broken.

16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in search of the depths? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.

19 Where is the way where light dwells? and as for darkness, where is its place, 20 That you should take it to its domain, and that you should know the paths to its home? 21 Do you know it, because you were born then? or because the number of your days is great? 22 Have you entered into the treasury of the snow? or have you seen the treasury of the hail, 23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24 By what way is the light distributed, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?

25 Who has divided a channel for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man; 27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender grass to spring forth? 28 Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the frost from heaven, who has given it birth? 30 The waters harden like a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 Can you bind the cluster of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? or can you guide Arcturus with its children? 33 Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set their dominion in the earth? 34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you? 35 Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto you, Here we are?

36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart? 37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? or who can pour out the water skins of heaven, 38 When the dust grows into clumps, and the clods cleave fast together?

39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 When they crouch in their dens, and abide in their lairs to lie in wait? 41 Who provides for the raven its food? when its young ones cry unto God, they wander about for lack of food.

1 Know you the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or can you mark when the hinds do calve? 2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? or know you the time when they bring forth? 3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their offspring. 4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open; they go forth, and return not unto them.

5 Who has let the wild donkey go free? or who has loosed the bonds of the wild donkey? 6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 7 He scorns the multitude of the city, neither regards he the shouts of the driver. 8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searches after every green thing. 9 Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib? 10 Can you bind the wild ox with ropes in the furrow? or will he plow the valleys behind you? 11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him? 12 Will you believe him, that he will bring home your grain, and gather it into your barn?

13 Gave you the proud wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 14 Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust, 15 And forgets that the foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may break them. 16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labor is in vain without concern; 17 Because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted to her understanding. 18 When she lifts up herself high, she scorns the horse and his rider.

19 Have you given the horse strength? have you clothed his neck with thunder? 20 Can you make him afraid like a grasshopper? the majesty of his snorting is terrible. 21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength: he goes out to meet the armed men. 22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; neither turns he back from the sword. 23 The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the javelin. 24 He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither does he halt at the sound of the trumpet. 25 He says among the trumpets, Aha; and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26 Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 27 Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high? 28 She dwells and abides on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the stronghold. 29 From there she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.