- And Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
- Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
- Gird up now thy loins like a man;
and I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.
- Where wast thou when I founded the earth?
Declare, if thou hast understanding.
- Who set the measures thereof — if thou knowest?
or who stretched a line upon it?
- Whereupon were the foundations thereof sunken?
or who laid its corner-stone,
- When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
- And who shut up the sea with doors, when it burst forth, issuing out of the womb?
- When I made the cloud its garment, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it;
- When I cut out for it my boundary, and set bars and doors,
- And said, Hitherto shalt thou come and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
- Hast thou since thy days commanded the morning?
hast thou caused the dawn to know its place,
- That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked might be shaken out of it?
- It is changed like the signet-clay;
and [all things] stand forth as in a garment:
- And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the uplifted arm is broken.
- Hast thou entered as far as the springs of the sea?
and hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?
- Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee?
and hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?
- Hath thine understanding compassed the breadths of the earth?
Declare if thou knowest it all.
- Where is the way to where light dwelleth?
and the darkness, where is its place,
- That thou shouldest take it to its bound, and that thou shouldest know the paths to its house?
- Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!
- Hast thou entered into the storehouses of the snow, and hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail,
- Which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of battle and war?
- By what way is the light parted, [and] the east wind scattered upon the earth?
- Who hath divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash;
- To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is;
on the wilderness wherein there is not a man;
- To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground], and to cause the sprout of the grass to spring forth?
- Hath the rain a father?
or who begetteth the drops of dew?
- Out of whose womb cometh the ice?
and the hoary frost of heaven, who bringeth it forth?
- When the waters lie hidden as in stone, and the face of the deep holdeth fast together.
- Canst thou fasten the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
- Dost thou bring forth the constellations each in its season?
or dost thou guide the Bear with her sons?
- Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens?
dost thou determine their rule over the earth?
- Dost thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that floods of waters may cover thee?
- Dost thou send forth lightnings that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
- Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?
or who hath given understanding to the mind?
- Who numbereth the clouds with wisdom?
or who poureth out the bottles of the heavens,
- When the dust runneth as into a molten mass, and the clods cleave fast together?
- Dost thou hunt the prey for the lioness, and dost thou satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
- When they crouch in [their] dens, [and] abide in the thicket to lie in wait?
- Who provideth for the raven his food, when his young ones cry unto God, [and] they wander for lack of meat?