The dialogue between God and Job
Jehovah answering Job out of the whirlwind
Job out of the whirlwind and said,
Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without aknowledge
up now your loins like a mighty man;
For I will ask of you, and you shall inform Me.
God appearing to Job with the divine unveilings
Concerning the universe
were you when I laid the 2afoundations
of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who set its measurements — if you know?
Or who stretched the measuring line over it?
Onto what were its bases sunk,
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the 1morning astars
And all the bsons
of God shouted for joy?
And who hedged in the asea
When it burst forth, issuing from the womb,
When I made clouds its clothing
And deep adarkness
its swaddling clothes,
And I broke out My aboundaries
And set up bars and doors,
And I said, To here you shall come and no farther,
And here shall your proud awaves
Have you ever commanded the morning since your days began?
Have you ever caused the dawn to know its place,
So that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked might be shaken out of it?
earth is changed like clay under a seal,
things on it stand forth like a garment.
And from the wicked their light is withheld,
And the high arm is broken.
Have you entered into the springs of the asea
Or have you walked about in the recesses of the bdeep
Have the agates
of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Have you comprehended the full expanse of the earth?
Declare it, if you know it all.
Where is the way to the dwelling of the light?
And the darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its boundary,
And that you may perceive the paths to its house?
You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great.
Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
I have reserved for the day of calamity,
For the day of battle and of war?
Where is the way to the place where the light is divided,
To the place where the east wind scatters upon the earth?
Who cut a channel for the rain torrent,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
To make it arain
on a land where no man is,
On a wilderness in which there is no man;
To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to cause the shoots of agrass
Does the rain have a father?
Or who begot the drops of dew?
From whose womb does the aice
And the frost of heaven, who gave birth to it?
The waters hide themselves and become like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.
Can you fasten the bands of the aPleiades
Or loosen the cords of Orion?
Can you lead forth the 1Mazzaroth
in their season?
Or can you guide the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Do you establish their arule
on the earth?
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that a flood of water would cover you?
Can you send forth lightnings, so that they would go
And say to you, Here we are?
Who has put awisdom
in the inward parts,
Or given understanding to the 1mind
Who can number the clouds by wisdom,
Or who can tip over the water jars of heaven,
When the dust runs into a mass
And the clods stick together?
Concerning the animals
Can you hunt prey for the lioness,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young alions
When they crouch in their dens,
When they lie in wait in the thicket?
Who provides for the araven
When its young ones cry out to God
And wander about for lack of food?