1 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the tempest, and said:
2 Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Now gird up your loins like a man; I will consult with you, and you declare unto Me.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have
become acquainted with understanding.
5 Who has fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who has stretched the line
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and came forth from the womb;
9 when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 when I broke My limit for it, and set bars and doors;
11 and said, This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves shall
12 Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to
know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, and stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld, and the lofty arm is broken.
16 Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have the gates of death been disclosed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the
shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Declare, if you know it all!
19 Where is the way to where light dwells? And darkness, where is its place,
20 that you may take it to its territory, that you may observe the paths to its house?
21 You know, because you were born then, and because the number of your days is
22 Have you entered the storehouses of snow, or have you seen the storehouses of hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light diffused, or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25 Who has split a channel for the flood, or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 to cause it to rain on a land where there is no man, a wilderness devoid of mankind;
27 to satisfy the desolate waste, and cause to spring forth the growth of vegetation?
28 Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of the heavens, who has given it
30 The waters harden like stone, and the surface of the deep is stuck together.
31 Can you bind the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
32 Can you bring out the constellations in their seasons? Or can you guide Ursa Major
with its sons?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you appoint their authority over the
34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?
35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, Here we are!?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can lay down the pitchers of the
38 when the dust is poured into castings, and the clods cling together?
39 Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens, or sit in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 Who provides food for the raven, when its young ones cry out to the Mighty God, and
wander about for lack of food?