The Lord Challenges Job
1Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
2“Who is this that questions my wisdom
with such ignorant words?
3Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
4“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
5Who determined its dimensions
and stretched out the surveying line?
6What supports its foundations,
and who laid its cornerstone
7as the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8“Who kept the sea inside its boundaries
as it burst from the womb,
9and as I clothed it with clouds
and wrapped it in thick darkness?
10For I locked it behind barred gates,
limiting its shores.
11I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come.
Here your proud waves must stop!’
12“Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
13Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth,
to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?
14As the light approaches,
the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal;
it is robed in brilliant colors.
15The light disturbs the wicked
and stops the arm that is raised in violence.
16“Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?
Have you explored their depths?
17Do you know where the gates of death are located?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
18Do you realize the extent of the earth?
Tell me about it if you know!
19“Where does light come from,
and where does darkness go?
20Can you take each to its home?
Do you know how to get there?
21But of course you know all this!
For you were born before it was all created,
and you are so very experienced!
22“Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of hail?
23(I have reserved them as weapons for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war.)
24Where is the path to the source of light?
Where is the home of the east wind?
25“Who created a channel for the torrents of rain?
Who laid out the path for the lightning?
26Who makes the rain fall on barren land,
in a desert where no one lives?
27Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground
and make the tender grass spring up?
28“Does the rain have a father?
Who gives birth to the dew?
29Who is the mother of the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?
30For the water turns to ice as hard as rock,
and the surface of the water freezes.
31“Can you direct the movement of the stars—
binding the cluster of the Pleiades
or loosening the cords of Orion?
32Can you direct the constellations through the seasons
or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
33Do you know the laws of the universe?
Can you use them to regulate the earth?
34“Can you shout to the clouds
and make it rain?
35Can you make lightning appear
and cause it to strike as you direct?
36Who gives intuition to the heart
and instinct to the mind?
37Who is wise enough to count all the clouds?
Who can tilt the water jars of heaven
38when the parched ground is dry
and the soil has hardened into clods?
39“Can you stalk prey for a lioness
and satisfy the young lions’ appetites
40as they lie in their dens
or crouch in the thicket?
41Who provides food for the ravens
when their young cry out to God
and wander about in hunger?