1 Then the Lord aanswered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 "Who is this that adarkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3 "Now agird up your loins like a man, And bI will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 "Where were you awhen I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its ameasurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 "On what awere its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together And all the asons of God shouted for joy? 8 "Or who aenclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; 9 When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 And I aplaced boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors, 11 And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop'? 12 "Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place, 13 That it might take hold of athe ends of the earth, And bthe wicked be shaken out of it? 14 "It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment. 15 "aFrom the wicked their light is withheld, And the buplifted arm is broken. 16 "Have you entered into athe springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 "Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of adeep darkness? 18 "Have you understood the expanse of athe earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. 19 "Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, 20 That you may take it to aits territory And that you may discern the paths to its home? 21 "You know, for ayou were born then, And the number of your days is great! 22 "Have you entered the storehouses aof the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the bhail, 23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle? 24 "Where is the way that athe light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth? 25 "Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt, 26 To bring arain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it, 27 To asatisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout? 28 "Has athe rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29 "From whose womb has come the aice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth? 30 "Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned. 31 "Can you bind the chains of the aPleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? 32 "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites? 33 "Do you know the aordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth? 34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an aabundance of water will cover you? 35 "Can you asend forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'? 36 "Who has aput wisdom in the innermost being Or given bunderstanding to the mind? 37 "Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or atip the water jars of the heavens, 38 When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together? 39 "Can you hunt the aprey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 When they acrouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair? 41 "Who prepares for athe raven its nourishment When its young cry to God And wander about without food?