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IV. The dialogue between God and Job 38:1—42:6
A. Jehovah answering Job out of the whirlwind 38:1-3
Job 38 :1 38:1 aThen Jehovah 1answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
Job 38 :2 38:2 Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without aknowledge?
Job 38 :3 38:3 aGird up now your loins like a mighty man;
For I will ask of you, and you shall inform Me.
B. God appearing to Job with the divine unveilings 38:4—39:30
1. Concerning the universe 38:4-38
Job 38 :4 38:4 1Where were you when I laid the 2afoundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Job 38 :5 38:5 Who set its measurements — if you know?
Or who stretched the measuring line over it?
Job 38 :6 38:6 Onto what were its bases sunk,
Or who laid its cornerstone,
Job 38 :7 38:7 When the 1morning astars sang together
And all the bsons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38 :8 38:8 And who hedged in the asea with doors
When it burst forth, issuing from the womb,
Job 38 :9 38:9 When I made clouds its clothing
And deep adarkness its swaddling clothes,
Job 38 :10 38:10 And I broke out My aboundaries for it
And set up bars and doors,
Job 38 :11 38:11 And I said, To here you shall come and no farther,
And here shall your proud awaves be stopped?
Job 38 :12 38:12 Have you ever commanded the morning since your days began?
Have you ever caused the dawn to know its place,
Job 38 :13 38:13 So that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked might be shaken out of it?
Job 38 :14 38:14 1The earth is changed like clay under a seal,
And 2all things on it stand forth like a garment.
Job 38 :15 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withheld,
And the high arm is broken.
Job 38 :16 38:16 Have you entered into the springs of the asea,
Or have you walked about in the recesses of the bdeep?
Job 38 :17 38:17 Have the agates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Job 38 :18 38:18 Have you comprehended the full expanse of the earth?
Declare it, if you know it all.
Job 38 :19 38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of the light?
And the darkness, where is its place,
Job 38 :20 38:20 That you may take it to its boundary,
And that you may perceive the paths to its house?
Job 38 :21 38:21 You know, for you were born then,
And the number of your days is great.
Job 38 :22 38:22 Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
Job 38 :23 38:23 aWhich I have reserved for the day of calamity,
For the day of battle and of war?
Job 38 :24 38:24 Where is the way to the place where the light is divided,
To the place where the east wind scatters upon the earth?
Job 38 :25 38:25 Who cut a channel for the rain torrent,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
Job 38 :26 38:26 To make it arain on a land where no man is,
On a wilderness in which there is no man;
Job 38 :27 38:27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to cause the shoots of agrass to sprout?
Job 38 :28 38:28 Does the rain have a father?
Or who begot the drops of dew?
Job 38 :29 38:29 From whose womb does the aice come forth?
And the frost of heaven, who gave birth to it?
Job 38 :30 38:30 The waters hide themselves and become like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.
Job 38 :31 38:31 Can you fasten the bands of the aPleiades,
Or loosen the cords of Orion?
Job 38 :32 38:32 Can you lead forth the 1Mazzaroth in their season?
Or can you guide the Bear with its cubs?
Job 38 :33 38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Do you establish their arule on the earth?
Job 38 :34 38:34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that a flood of water would cover you?
Job 38 :35 38:35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they would go
And say to you, Here we are?
Job 38 :36 38:36 Who has put awisdom in the inward parts,
Or given understanding to the 1mind?
Job 38 :37 38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom,
Or who can tip over the water jars of heaven,
Job 38 :38 38:38 When the dust runs into a mass
And the clods stick together?
2. Concerning the animals 38:39—39:30
Job 38 :39 38:39 Can you hunt prey for the lioness,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young alions,
Job 38 :40 38:40 When they crouch in their dens,
When they lie in wait in the thicket?
Job 38 :41 38:41 Who provides for the araven its prey
When its young ones cry out to God
And wander about for lack of food?
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