Job 38

The Lord Answers Job

1 Then the LORD answered Job a out of the whirlwind, and said:

2 "Who b is this who darkens counsel
By c words without knowledge?
3 d Now 1 prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 "Where e were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the 2 line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together,
And all f the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 "Or g who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When h I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
11 When I said,
'This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves i must stop!'

12 "Have you j 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 k 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 l light is withheld,
And m the 3 upraised arm is broken.

16 "Have you n entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have o the gates of death been 4 revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the 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 its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?

22 "Have you entered p the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 q Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light 5 diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 "Who r has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 s To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?

28 t Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
And the u frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30 The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is v frozen. 6

31 "Can you bind the cluster of the w Pleiades, 7
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out 8 Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide 9 the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know x the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

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 y Who has put wisdom in 10 the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together?

39 "Can z you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens,
Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 a Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 19:16
    Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
    Job 40:6
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
  2. Cross References
    Job 34:35
    'Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.'
    Job 42:3
    You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
  3. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:7
    Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
  4. Cross References
    Job 40:7
    Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
  5. Cross References
    Job 15:7
    Are you the first man who was born? Or were you made before the hills?
    Psalms 104:5
    You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever.
  6. Cross References
    Job 1:6
    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 1:9
    Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
    Psalms 33:7
    He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
    Psalms 104:9
    You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.
    Proverbs 8:29
    When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth.
    Jeremiah 5:22
    Do you not fear Me?' says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
  8. Cross References
    Job 26:10
    He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 89:9
    You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
    Psalms 93:4
    The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 74:16
    The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.
    Psalms 148:5
    Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
  11. Cross References
    Job 34:25
    Therefore He knows their works; He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
    Psalms 104:35
    May sinners be consumed from the earth, And the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!
  12. Cross References
    Job 18:5
    The light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does not shine.
    Proverbs 13:9
    The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
  13. Cross References
    Numbers 15:30
    But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the LORD, and he shall be cut off from among his people.
    Psalms 10:15
    Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
    Psalms 37:17
    For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 77:19
    Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.
    Proverbs 8:24
    When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 9:13
    Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 135:7
    He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 9:18
    Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause v...
    Joshua 10:11
    And it happened, as they fled before Israel and...
    Isaiah 30:30
    The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be he...
    Ezekiel 13:11
    Say to those who plaster it with untempered mor...
    Ezekiel 13:13
    Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "I will cause...
    Revelation 16:21
    And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each ...
  18. Cross References
    Job 28:26
    When He made a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 104:13
    He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
    Psalms 104:14
    He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring forth food from the earth.
    Psalms 107:35
    He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.
  20. Cross References
    Job 36:27
    For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist.
    Job 36:28
    Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.
    Psalms 147:8
    Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
    Jeremiah 14:22
    Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for You, Since You have made all these.
  21. Cross References
    Job 37:10
    By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.
    Psalms 147:16
    He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.
    Psalms 147:17
    He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold?
  22. Cross References
    Job 37:10
    By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.
  23. Cross References
    Job 9:9
    He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south.
    Amos 5:8
    He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 148:6
    He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.
    Jeremiah 31:35
    Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name):
    Jeremiah 31:36
    "If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the LORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever."
  25. Cross References
    Job 9:4
    God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
    Job 32:8
    But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
    Psalms 51:6
    Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
    Ecclesiastes 2:26
    For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 104:21
    The young lions roar after their prey, And seek their food from God.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 147:9
    He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry.
    Matthew 6:26
    Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
    Luke 12:24
    Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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