The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job
1Then the Lord answered Job #Ex. 19:16; Job 40:6out of the whirlwind, and said:
2“Who#Job 34:35; 42:3 is this who darkens counsel
By #1 Tim. 1:7words without knowledge?
3#Job 40:7Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
4“Where#Job 15:7; Ps. 104:5 were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7When the morning stars sang together,
And all #Job 1:6the sons of God shouted for joy?
8“Or#Gen. 1:9; Ps. 33:7; 104:9; Prov. 8:29; (Jer. 5:22) who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10When #Job 26:10I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
11When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves #(Ps. 89:9; 93:4)must stop!’
12“Have you #(Ps. 74:16; 148:5)commanded the morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And #Job 34:25; Ps. 104:35the wicked be shaken out of it?
14It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.
15From the wicked their #Job 18:5; (Prov. 13:9)light is withheld,
And #(Num. 15:30); Ps. 10:15; 37:17the upraised arm is broken.
16“Have you #(Ps. 77:19); Prov. 8:24entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17Have #Ps. 9:13the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
21Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?
22“Have you entered #Ps. 135:7the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23#Ex. 9:18; Josh. 10:11; Is. 30:30; Ezek. 13:11, 13; Rev. 16:21Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
24By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25“Who #Job 28:26has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
27#Ps. 104:13, 14; 107:35To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28#Job 36:27, 28; (Ps. 147:8; Jer. 14:22)Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29From whose womb comes the ice?
And the #(Job 37:10); Ps. 147:16, 17frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is #(Job 37:10)frozen.
31“Can you bind the cluster of the #Job 9:9; Amos 5:8Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33Do you know #(Ps. 148:6); Jer. 31:35, 36the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?
34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
35Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
36#(Job 9:4; 32:8; Ps. 51:6; Eccl. 2:26; James 1:5)Who has put wisdom in the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together?
39“Can#Ps. 104:21 you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40When they crouch in their dens,
Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41#Ps. 147:9; (Matt. 6:26; Luke 12:24)Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?