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Job - Chapter 038

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Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

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Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

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Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

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Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast the understanding.

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Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

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Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,

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When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, and issued out of the womb;

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When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

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And prescribed for it My decree, and set bars and doors,

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And said: 'Thus far shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed'?

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Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began, and caused the dayspring to know its place;

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That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

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It is changed as clay under the seal; and they stand as a garment.

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But from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm is broken.

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Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

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Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

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Hast thou surveyed unto the breadths of the earth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

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Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and as for darkness, where is the place thereof;

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That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

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Thou knowest it, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

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38:22
Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, or hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail,

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Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

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By what way is the light parted, or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

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Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

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To cause it to rain on a land where no man is, on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

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To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

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Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

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Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoar-frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

38:30
The waters are congealed like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

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Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

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Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her sons?

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Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

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Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

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Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee: 'Here we are'?

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Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?

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Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

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When the dust runneth into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

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Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

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When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

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Who provideth for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry unto God, and wander for lack of food?

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-- Job - Chapter 038 --





 
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