The Lord Speaks to Job
1#Job 40:6Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2#Job 35:16; 42:3 “Who is this who darkens counsel
by words without knowledge?
3#Job 40:7; 1Ki 18:46 Prepare yourself like a man;
for I will question you,
and you shall answer Me.
4#Ps 104:5; Pr 30:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if you have understanding.
5#Isa 40:12 Who has determined its measurements, if you know?
Or who has stretched the line upon it?
6#Job 26:7 To what are its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone
7#Job 1:6; 2:1 when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8#Ge 1:9; Jer 5:22 “Or who shut up the sea with doors
when it broke forth and went out of the womb?
9When I made the cloud its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10#Ps 104:9; Job 26:10 and broke up for it My decreed place,
and set bars and doors,
11#Ps 89:9 and said, ‘This far you will come but no farther,
and here your proud waves will be stopped’?
12#Ps 74:16 “Have you commanded the morning in your days,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13#Job 37:3; Ps 104:35 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14It is turned like clay by the seal,
and it stands out as a garment.
15#Ps 10:15; Job 18:5 From the wicked their light is withheld,
and the high arm will be broken.
16#Ps 77:19; Pr 8:24 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17#Ps 9:13; Job 3:5 Have the gates of death been opened to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18Have you perceived the breadth of the earth?
Declare, if you know it all.
19“Where is the path where light dwells?
And as for darkness, where is its place,
20that you should take it to its boundary,
and that you should know the paths to its house?
21#Job 15:7 Do you know it because you were born then,
or because the number of your days is many?
22#Job 37:6; Ps 135:7 “Have you entered the treasuries of the snow?
Or have you seen the treasuries of the hail,
23#Jos 10:11; Isa 30:30 which I have reserved against the time of trouble,
against the day of battle and war?
24By what way is the light diffused,
or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
25#Job 28:26 Who has divided a channel for the overflowing waters,
or a path for the thunderbolt,
26#Ps 107:35 to cause it to rain on the earth where no man is,
on the wilderness in which there are no people,
27to satisfy the desolate waste,
and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28#Jer 14:22; Ps 147:8 Does the rain have a father?
Or who has produced the drops of dew?
29#Ps 147:16–17; Job 37:10 From whose womb came the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30#Job 37:10 The waters harden like stone,
and the surface of the deep is frozen.
31#Job 9:9; Am 5:8 “Can you tie the cords to the Pleiades
or loosen the belt of Orion?
32Can you bring out the constellation in its season?
Or can you guide the Bear with its cubs?
33#Jer 31:35–36 Do you know the ordinances of heaven?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?
34#Job 22:11 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that abundance of waters may cover you?
35Can you send lightning that they may go forth
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36#Job 32:8; Ps 51:6 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,
or who has given understanding to the heart?#The Heb. may refer to celestial bodies.
37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can empty out the bottles of heaven,
38when the dust turns into hard clumps
and the clods stick together?
39#Ps 104:21 “Will you hunt the prey for the lion?
Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40#Job 37:8 when they crouch in their dens
and lie in the thicket to wait in ambush?
41#Ps 147:9; Mt 6:26 Who provides for the raven his food
when his young ones cry unto God,
and they wander about for lack of food?