|Ward Green Version, 2004||American Standard Version, 1901|
© 2009 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
1Then Jehovah himself sang to Job (`iJob' = `hated') out of the hurricane in answer:
2-3``Who advises from the darkness, or speaks without knowledge? 3Gird your loins about, as an able-bodied man, I beseech you. I ask you to instruct me.
4-5``Where were you when I founded the earth? Expound it, if you have understanding. 5Who put together its measurements, as if you know? Who applied the measure against it?
6-7``Down into what were its foundations sunk at least, or who aligned the perfection of its corner 7amidst the singing of a joyful unison of morning stars, with all of God's sons shouting in triumph?
8-9``Then, who guarded the sea with doors, as it came forth from the womb to escape, 9putting the cloud as a garment and thick cloud the swaddling cloth?
10-11``I brought to birth against it my decree and I determined bar and door, 11saying: `This far, you may come, but not more, and here is where your waves do swell'!
12-13``From your days I commanded a messenger, the dawn, to respect its position, 13to seize the edge of the earth, and throw out the wicked ones from among its midst.
14-15``It rotates with a motion like that of a signature ring, and presents itself with clothing, 15to keep light from the wicked ones and to quench powerful pride.
16-17``Have you come as far as fountains of the sea, walking to find out the deep places? 17Have the gates of hell been revealed to you-- have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
18-19``Have you grasped the breadth of this earth, that you might speak or know all of it, 19which way is the way to where the morning sun resides, and where is the place of darkness?
20-21``When you accept its limits, and when you understand the beaten path of its place, 21then you know it because you had been born by then, and your days are great in number!
22-23``Have you entered into the storehouse of snow, have you seen the storehouse of hail 23which I have reserved for a time of troubles, to the day of warfare and fight?
24-27``By what way is light distributed for casting it eastward over the earth, 25or who opens to a deluge a conduit, or a path to the lightning and thunder 26to cause rain upon this earth, bereft of man, a wilderness without human inhabitant, 27to satisfy the tempestuous places or desolate places, to cause the green grass to shoot up?
28``Has the rain got a father, or who gives birth to the drops of dew, 29from the womb who brought forth the hail, and who serves as midwife in the sky to frost on the ground? 30In stone the waters draw together! The watery deep is captured in that state [by whom]?
31``Do you strengthen the bond of the Kimah (`Kimah' = `Pleiades') constellation, and can you open the belt of the Kesil (`Kesil' = `Orion') constellation?
32``Do you lead out the Mazzaroth (perhaps, `Mazzaroth' = `Zodiac') in season, or between its sons can you lead the Ash (`Ash' = `Arcturus, or Great Bear') group in constellation?
33``Do you know the statutes of the heavens because you hold dominion over the earth?
34``Do you raise up your voice to the thick clouds and an abundance of water overwhelms you?
35``Do you send for lightning and it comes, and says to you, `Hello!'
36``Who puts in the kidneys wisdom, and who gives to the mind understanding?
37``Who counts the water droplets as wisdom or ravishes the skin bags of water of the sky, 38casts the particles into a mass, so that they build up and join together?
39-40``Do you take prey to the lioness, and springing, like young lions are you satisfied, 40when they lie low in their den, lying in wait in their covert for an ambush?
41``Who provides to the raven its lunch, as its offspring cry out to God for help, staggering for lack of food?''
© 2009 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Modified January 20, 2009 by Ward Green
Job 38 1
Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 38 2
Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?
Job 38 3
Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 38 4
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Job 38 5
Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?
Job 38 6
Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,
Job 38 7
When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38 8
Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, When it brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb;
Job 38 9
When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,
Job 38 10
And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors,
Job 38 11
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Job 38 12
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days [began], [And] caused the dayspring to know its place;
Job 38 13
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
Job 38 14
It is changed as clay under the seal; And [all things] stand forth as a garment:
Job 38 15
And from the wicked their light is withholden, And the high arm is broken.
Job 38 16
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?
Job 38 17
Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Job 38 18
Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.
Job 38 19
Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
Job 38 20
That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?
Job 38 21
[Doubtless], thou knowest, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!
Job 38 22
Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
Job 38 23
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, Against the day of battle and war?
Job 38 24
By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
Job 38 25
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;
Job 38 26
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
Job 38 27
To satisfy the waste and desolate [ground], And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
Job 38 28
Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Job 38 29
Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
Job 38 30
The waters hide themselves [and become] like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen.
Job 38 31
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?
Job 38 32
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?
Job 38 33
Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?
Job 38 34
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?
Job 38 35
Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto thee, Here we are?
Job 38 36
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?
Job 38 37
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
Job 38 38
When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?
Job 38 39
Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Job 38 40
When they couch in their dens, [And] abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Job 38 41
Who provideth for the raven his prey, When his young ones cry unto God, [And] wander for lack of food?