Job 37-39

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Job 37

Also, at this my heart trembles,

And is moved out of its place.

2 Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice,

And the sound that goes out of his mouth.

3 He sends it forth under the whole heaven,

And his lightning to the ends of the earth.

4 After it a voice roars;

He thunders with the voice of his majesty;

And he restrains not the lightnings when his voice is heard.

5 El thunders marvelously with his voice;

Great things he does, which we cannot comprehend.

6 For he says to the snow, Fall on the earth;

Likewise to the shower of rain,

And to the showers of his mighty rain.

7 He seals up the hand of every man,

That all men whom he has made may know it.

8 Then the beasts go into coverts,

And remain in their dens.

9 Out of the chamber of the south comes the storm,

And cold out of the north.

10 By the breath of El ice is given;

And the expanse of the waters is straitened.

11 He also fills the thick cloud with moisture;

He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning:

12 And it is turned all around by his guidance,

That they may do whatever he commands them

Upon the face of the habitable world;

13 Whether it be for correction, or for his land,

Or for lovingkindness, that he causes it to come.

14 Listen to this, O Job:

Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of El.

15 Do you know how Eloah lays his charge upon them,

And causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?

16 Do you know the balancings of the clouds,

The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?

17 How your garments are warm,

When the earth is still by reason of the south wind?

18 Can you with him spread out the sky,

Which is strong as a molten mirror?

19 Teach us what we shall say to him;

For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness.

20 Shall it be told to him that I would speak?

Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

21 And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies;

But the wind passes, and clears them.

22 Out of the north comes golden splendor:

Eloah has upon him terrible majesty.

23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out:

He is excellent in power;

And in justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.

24 Men do therefore fear him:

He regards not any that are wise of heart.



Job 38

Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

2 Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?

3 Gird up now your loins like a man;

For I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?

Declare, if you have understanding.

5 Who determined the measures of it, if you know?

Or who stretched the line upon it?

6 Upon what were the foundations of it fastened?

Or who laid the corner-stone of it,

7 When the morning stars sang together,

And all the sons of Elohim shouted for joy?

8 Or who shut up the sea with doors,

When it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb;

9 When I made clouds the garment of it,

And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,

10 And marked out for it my bound,

And set bars and doors,

11 And said, To here shall you come, but no further;

And here shall your proud waves be stayed?

12 Have you commanded the morning since your days began,

And caused the dayspring to know its place;

13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,

And the wicked be shaken out of it?

14 It is changed as clay under the seal;

And all things stand forth as a garment:

15 And from the wicked their light is withheld,

And the high arm is broken.

16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea?

Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?

17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?

Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?

18 Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth?

Declare, if you know it all.

19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And as for darkness, where is the place of it.

20 That you should take it to the bound of it,

And that you should discern the paths to the house of it?

21 Doubtless, you know, for you were then born,

And the number of your days is great!

22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,

Or have you seen the treasuries of the hail,

23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble,

Against the day of battle and war?

24 By what way is the light parted,

Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

25 Who has cleft a channel for the water-flood,

Or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is;

On the wilderness, in which there is no man;

27 To satisfy the waste and desolate ground,

And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

28 Does the rain have a father?

Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

29 Out of whose womb came the ice?

And the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it?

30 The waters hide themselves and become like stone,

And the face of the deep is frozen.

31 Can you bind the duster of the Pleiades,

Or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season?

Or can you guide the Bear with her train?

33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?

Can you establish the dominion of it in the earth?

34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,

That abundance of waters may cover you?

35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go,

And say to you, Here we are?

36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?

Or who has given understanding to the mind?

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust runs into a mass,

And the clods cling fast together?

39 Can you hunt the prey for the lioness,

Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40 When they crouch in their dens,

And remain in the covert to lie in wait?

41 Who provides for the raven his prey,

When his young ones cry to El,

And wander for lack of food?



Job 39

Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?

Or can you mark when the hinds calve?

2 Can you number the months that they fulfil?

Or do you know the time when they bring forth?

3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young,

They cast out their pains.

4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field;

They go forth, and return not again.

5 Who has sent out the wild ass free?

Or who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass,

6 Whose home I have made the wilderness,

And the salt land his dwelling-place?

7 He scorns the tumult of the city,

Neither hears he the shoutings of the driver.

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture,

And he searches after every green thing.

9 Will the wild ox be content to serve you?

Or will he remain by your crib?

10 Can you bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow?

Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great?

Or will you leave to him your labor?

12 Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed,

And gather the grain of your threshing-floor?

13 The wings of the ostrich wave proudly;

But are they the pinions and plumage of love?

14 For she leaves her eggs on the earth,

And warms them in the dust,

15 And forgets that the foot may crush them,

Or that the wild beast may trample them.

16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers:

Though her labor be in vain, she is without fear;

17 Because Eloah has deprived her of wisdom,

Neither has he imparted to her understanding.

18 What time she lifts up herself on high,

She scorns the horse and his rider.

19 Have you given the horse his might?

Have you clothed his neck with the quivering mane?

20 Have you made him to leap as a locust?

The glory of his snorting is terrible.

21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength:

He goes out to meet the armed men.

22 He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed;

Neither turns he back from the sword.

23 The quiver rattles against him,

The flashing spear and the javelin.

24 He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage;

Neither believes he that it is the voice of the trumpet.

25 As often as the trumpet sounds he says, Aha!

And he smells the battle far off,

The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26 Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars,

And stretches her wings toward the south?

27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up,

And makes her nest on high?

28 On the cliff she dwells, and makes her home,

Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.

29 From there she spies out the prey;

Her eyes behold it far off.

30 Her young ones also suck up blood:

And where the killed are, there is she.

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