The Lord Answers Job

Job 38

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?

Job 39

1 "Do you know the time when the wild a mountain goats bear young?
Or can you mark when b the deer gives birth?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3 They bow down,
They bring forth their young,
They deliver their 11 offspring.
4 Their young ones are healthy,
They grow strong with grain;
They depart and do not return to them.

5 "Who set the wild donkey free?
Who loosed the bonds of the 12 onager,
6 c Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the 13 barren land his dwelling?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city;
He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searches after d every green thing.

9 "Will the e wild ox be willing to serve you?
Will he bed by your manger?
10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes?
Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you trust him to bring home your 14 grain,
And gather it to your threshing floor?

13 "The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork's?
14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;
15 She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She f treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without 15 concern,
17 Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not g endow her with understanding.
18 When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider.

19 "Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with 16 thunder?
20 Can you 17 frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
h He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, 'Aha!'
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.

26 "Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the i eagle mount up at your command,
And j make its nest on high?
28 On the rock it dwells and resides,
On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it spies out the prey;
Its eyes observe from afar.
30 Its young ones suck up blood;
And k where the slain are, there it is."

Job 40

1 Moreover the LORD a answered Job, and said:

2 "Shall b the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who c rebukes God, let him answer it."

  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?
  28. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 14:5
    The deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the mountain goat, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.
    1 Samuel 24:2
    Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
    Psalms 104:18
    The high hills are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 29:9
    The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!
  30. Cross References
    Job 24:5
    Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
    Jeremiah 2:24
    A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.
    Hosea 8:9
    For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
  31. Cross References
    Genesis 1:29
    And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
  32. Cross References
    Numbers 23:22
    God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength l...
    Deuteronomy 33:17
    His glory is like a firstborn bull, And his hor...
    Psalms 22:21
    Save Me from the lion's mouth And from the horn...
    Psalms 29:6
    He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon an...
    Psalms 92:10
    But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I ...
    Isaiah 34:7
    The wild oxen shall come down with them, And th...
  33. Cross References
    Lamentations 4:3
    Even the jackals present their breasts To nurse their young; But the daughter of my people is cruel, Like ostriches in the wilderness.
  34. Cross References
    Job 35:11
    Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?
  35. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:6
    I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.
  36. Cross References
    Proverbs 30:18
    There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand:
    Proverbs 30:19
    The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin.
  37. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:16
    Your fierceness has deceived you, The pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there," says the LORD.
  38. Cross References
    Matthew 24:28
    For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
    Luke 17:37
    And they answered and said to Him, "Where, Lord?" So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
  39. Cross References
    Job 38:1
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
  40. Cross References
    Job 9:3
    If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
    Job 10:2
    I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; Show me why You contend with me.
    Job 33:13
    Why do you contend with Him? For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.
  41. Cross References
    Job 13:3
    But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
    Job 23:4
    I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
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