Job 38
Yahweh Challenges Job
1Then#Hebrew “And” Yahweh answered Job from the storm, and he said,
2“Who is this darkening counsel
by words without knowledge?
3Prepare yourself for a difficult task like a man,#Literally “Gird up like a man your loins”
and I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
Yahweh Interrogates Job
4“Where were you at my laying the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you possess understanding.
5Who determined its measurement? Yes, you do know.
Or who stretched the measuring line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars were singing together
and all the sons of God#Or “heavenly beings” shouted for joy?
8“Or who shut the sea in with doors
at its bursting, when it went out of the womb,
9at my making the clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and I prescribed my rule for it,
and I set bars and doors,
11and I said, ‘You shall come up to here, but#Hebrew “and” you shall not go further,
and here it will set a boundary for your proud surging waves’?#Literally “for the pride of your surging waves”
12“Have you ever in your life#Literally “from your days” commanded the morning?
Have you made the dawn know its place,
13to take hold of the earth’s skirts
so that#Hebrew “and” the wicked might be shaken off from it?
14It is changed like clay under a seal,
and they appear like a garment.
15And their light is withheld from the wicked,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
16“Have you entered into the sea’s sources?
Or have you walked around in the recesses of the deep?
17Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the gates of deep shadow?
18Have you considered closely the earth’s vast expanse?
Declare it, if you know all of it.
19“Where then#Or “Where exactly” is the way where the light dwells?
And where then#Or “where exactly” is its place,
20that you may take it to its territory,
and that you might discern the paths to its home?
21You know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great.
22Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow,
or#Hebrew “and” have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
24Where then#Or “Where exactly” is the way where the light is distributed,
where he scatters the east wind upon the earth?
25“Who has cut open a channel for the torrents
and a way for the thunder bolts,#Literally “bolt of thunders”
26to bring rain on a land where no one lives,#Literally “not a man”
a desert where no humans live,#Literally “not humans in it”
27to satisfy desert and wasteland,
and to cause the ground to put forth the rising of grass?
28Is there a father for the rain,
or who fathered the drops of dew?
29From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who fathered the frost of heaven?
30Like stone the waters become hard,
and the faces of the deep freeze.
31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
or can you loosen the cords of Orion?
32Can you lead forth the southern constellations at their appointed time,
or#Hebrew “and” can you lead the Bear with its children?
33Do you know heaven’s statutes,
or can you establish their rule on the earth?
34Can you lift up your voice to the clouds
so that#Hebrew “and” a flood of water may cover you?
35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go?
And will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36Who has put wisdom in the ibis,#Or “inner parts”
or who has given understanding to the rooster?#Or “mind”
37Who can number the clouds with wisdom?
Or#Hebrew “And” who can tilt heaven’s jars,
38at the flowing of the dust into a cast
and the clods cling together?
39“Can you hunt prey for the lion?
And can you satisfy the hunger of strong lions
40when they are crouched in the dens,
when they lie in the thicket in an ambush?
41Who prepares for the crow its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and they wander around for lack of food?#Literally “for no food”
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