The Lord Questions Job
1Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:
2“Who is this that makes my purpose unclear
by saying things that are not true?
3Be strong like a man!
I will ask you questions,
and you must answer me.
4Where were you when I made the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5Who marked off how big it should be? Surely you know!
Who stretched a ruler across it?
6What were the earth’s foundations set on,
or who put its cornerstone in place
7while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted with joy?
8“Who shut the doors to keep the sea in
when it broke through and was born,
9when I made the clouds like a coat for the sea
and wrapped it in dark clouds,
10when I put limits on the sea
and put its doors and bars in place,
11when I said to the sea, ‘You may come this far, but no farther;
this is where your proud waves must stop’?
12“Have you ever ordered the morning to begin,
or shown the dawn where its place was
13in order to take hold of the earth by its edges
and shake evil people out of it?
14At dawn the earth changes like clay being pressed by a seal;
the hills and valleys stand out like folds in a coat.
15Light is not given to evil people;
their arm is raised to do harm, but it is broken.
16“Have you ever gone to where the sea begins
or walked in the valleys under the sea?
17Have the gates of death been opened to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deep darkness?
18Do you understand how wide the earth is?
Tell me, if you know all these things.
19“What is the path to light’s home,
and where does darkness live?
20Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the way to their homes?
21Surely you know, if you were already born when all this happened!
Have you lived that many years?
22“Have you ever gone into the storehouse of the snow
or seen the storehouses for hail,
23which I save for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
24Where is the place from which light comes?
Where is the place from which the east winds blow over the earth?
25Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains
and sets a path for the thunderstorm?
26Who waters the land where no one lives,
the desert that has no one in it?
27Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land
so the grass begins to grow?
28Does the rain have a father?
Who is father to the drops of dew?
29Who is the mother of the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the sky
30when the water becomes hard as stone,
and even the surface of the ocean is frozen?
31“Can you tie up the stars of the Pleiades
or loosen the ropes of the stars in Orion?
32Can you bring out the stars on time
or lead out the stars of the Bear with its cubs?
33Do you know the laws of the sky
and understand their rule over the earth?
34“Can you shout an order to the clouds
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35Can you send lightning bolts on their way?
Do they come to you and say, ‘Here we are’?
36Who put wisdom inside the mind
or understanding in the heart?
37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can pour water from the jars of the sky
38when the dust becomes hard
and the clumps of dirt stick together?
39“Do you hunt food for the female lion
to satisfy the hunger of the young lions
40while they lie in their dens
or hide in the bushes waiting to attack?
41Who gives food to the birds
when their young cry out to God
and wander about without food?