Yahweh Answers Job
1Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
2 “Who is this who darkens
counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Tuck your cloak under your belt like a man,
for I will question you,
then you answer me!
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measures, if you know?
Or who stretched the line on it?
6 On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone
7 while 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 broke forth from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 marked out for it my bound,
set bars and doors
11 and said, ‘Here you may come, but no further.
Here your proud waves will be stayed’?
12 “Have you commanded the morning in your days
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth
and shake the wicked out of it?
14 It is changed as clay under the seal
and stands forth as a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld.
The high arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth?
Declare, if you know it all.
19 “What is the way to the dwelling of light?
As for darkness, where is its place,
20 that you should take it to its bound,
that you should discern the paths to its house?
21 Surely you know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,
or have you seen the treasures of the hail
23 that I have reserved against the time of trouble,
against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the lightning distributed,
or the east wind scattered on the earth?
25 “Who has cut a channel for the flood water
or the path for the thunderstorm,
26 to cause it to rain on a land where no man is;
on the wilderness where there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate ground,
to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
28 Does the rain have a father?
Or who fathers the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice?
The gray frost of heaven, who has given birth to it?
30 The waters become hard like stone
when the surface of the deep is frozen.
31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades
or loosen the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the constellations in their season?
Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that abundance of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are?’
36 “Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?
Or who has given understanding to the mind?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods of earth stick together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lioness,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
and lie in wait in the thicket?
41 Who provides for the raven his prey
when his young ones cry out to God
and wander for lack of food?”