38 But Jehovah answered Job out of the tempest
3 Gird your loins like a man
so that I may ask you questions and you inform me.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of earth?
tell, if you have competent knowledge.
5 Who determined its dimensions? for you know!
or who stretched a measuring-line over it?
6 On what were its under-foundations planted?
or who laid its cornerstone
9 When I made clouds its clothing
and thick air its wrapping
10 And broke a boundary for it
and set a bar and doors,
11 And said ‘You are to come to here but not beyond,
and here the pride of your waves shall break’?
12 Did you ever in your life command a morning,
let a dawn know its place
13 To take hold of earth’s edges
that wrong-doers may be shaken out of it?
15 And wrong-doers have their light withheld,
and a high-raised arm is broken.
16 Have you come to the sources of the sea
and gone inspecting through the deep?
or the gatemen of gloom been afraid at sight of you?
18 Have you applied your attention to the breadths of earth?
tell, if you know it all.
19 In which direction does light have its home,
and which is the place for darkness?
21 You know, because you were born then
and the number of your days is great!
22 Have you been into the reserves of snow,
and seen the reserves of hail
23 Which I am holding back for a day of crisis,
a day of battle and war?
26 To send rain on a country without a man,
a wilderness with no human being in it,
and to make a thirsty place grow vegetation?
28 Does the rain have a father?
or who brought dewdrops to birth?
33 Do you know the laws of the sky
or are you ordaining its supervision of the earth?
35 Will you send lightnings abroad, and have them go
and say to you ‘Here we are’?
37 Who counts in wisdom the threads of mare’s-tail clouds,
and the water-bags of the sky who tips down
38 When loam runs into metal
and clods cling together?
39 Will you hunt prey for a lioness
and fill the need of two-year-old lions
40 When they are down in the lairs,
sitting in ambush in a covert?
41 Who gets its provision ready for the raven
when its young are clamoring to Deity,
wandering about in want of food?