Job

Job 38 ©

1God out of the whirlwind challengeth Job to answer; 4and by an enumeration of his mighty works convinceth Job of ignorance, 31and of weakness.

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THEN the LORD answered Job out of the awhirlwind, and said,

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bWho is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

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c*Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I dwill demand of thee, and 1answer thou me.

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eWhere wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, 2if thou hast understanding.

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fWho hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

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Whereupon gare the 3foundations thereof 4fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

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

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Or jwho shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

j Ps. 104.6,8,9; 33.7. Pr. 8.29. Ge. 1.9. ch. 26.10.
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When kI made the cloud the garment thereof, and lthick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

l ch. 22.13.
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And 5brake up for it mmy decreed place, and set nbars and doors,

m ch. 26.10.
n ch. 26.1.
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And said, oHitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall 6thy proud waves pbe *stayed?

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Hast qthou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

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That it might take hold of the 7ends of the earth, that the wicked rmight be shaken out of it?

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sIt is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

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And tfrom the wicked utheir light is withholden, and the vhigh arm shall be broken.

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wHast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

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Have the xgates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

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yHast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

y Ps. 89.11,12; 74.17. Is. 40.12,22,28. ch. 26.7.
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Where zis the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

z Jn. 3.8. Ps. 74.16,17. v.12,13.
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That thou shouldest take it 8to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know athe paths to the house thereof?

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Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

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Hast thou entered into the btreasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

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

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By what way is the light parted, which scattereth ethe east wind upon the earth?

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fWho hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

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To gcause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on hthe wilderness, wherein there is no man;

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To isatisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

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

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kOut of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

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The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep 9is frozen.

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Canst lthou bind the sweet influences of 10Pleiades, or mloose the bands of 11Orion?

m ch. 12.18.
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Canst thou bring forth 12Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou 13guide nArcturus with his sons?

n ch. 9.9.
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Knowest thou the oordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

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

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Canst thou qsend lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, 14Here we are?

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rWho hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

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Who scan number the clouds in wisdom? or 15who can *stay the bottles of heaven,

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16When the dust 17groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

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tWilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill 18the appetite of the young lions,

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

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vWho provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of *meat.