JOB - Chapter 38

1 - Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 - Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 - Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 - Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 - Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 - Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
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 brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 - When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 - And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 - And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12 - Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his 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 to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 - And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
16 - Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
17 - Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 - Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
19 - Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 - That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21 - Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
22 - Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures 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 parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 - Who hath divided a watercourse 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, wherein there is no man;
27 - To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 - Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29 - Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 - The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 - Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 - Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33 - Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 - Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35 - Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?
36 - Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 - Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38 - When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 - Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 - When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 - Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.