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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    THEN Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
[2]  Who is this that darkeneth counsel
By words without knowledge?
[3]  Gird up now thy loins like a man;
For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
[4]  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if 1 thou hast understanding.
[5]  Who determined the measures thereof, if 2 thou knowest?
Or who stretched the line upon it?
[6]  Whereupon were the foundations 3 thereof fastened? 4
Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,
[7]  When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
[8]  Or who shut up the sea with doors,
When it brake forth, as 5 if it had issued out of the womb;
[9]  When I made clouds the garment thereof,
And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,
[10]  And marked 6 out for it my bound,
And set bars and doors,
[11]  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further;
And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
[12]  Hast thou commanded the morning since thy 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 7 a garment:
[15]  And from the wicked their light is withholden,
And the high arm is broken.
[16]  Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?
Or hast thou walked in the recesses 8 of the deep?
[17]  Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee?
Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?
[18]  Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth?
Declare, if thou knowest it all.
[19]    Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
[20]  That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof,
And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?
[21]  Doubtless, thou knowest, for thou wast then born,
And the number of thy days is great!
[22]  Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow,
Or hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail,
[23]  Which I have reserved against the time of trouble,
Against the day of the battle and war?
[24]  By 9 what way is the light parted,
Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
[25]  Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood,
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, wherein there is no man;
[27]  To satisfy the waste and desolate ground,
And to cause the tender 10 grass to spring forth?
[28]  Hath the rain a father?
Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
[29]  Out of whose womb came the ice?
And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered 11 it?
[30]  The waters hide 12 themselves and become like stone,
And the face of the deep is 13 frozen.
[31]    Canst thou bind the cluster 14 of the Pleiades,
Or loose the bands of Orion?
[32]  Canst thou lead forth the 15 Mazzaroth in their season?
Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train? 16
[33]  Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens?
Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?
[34]  Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds,
That abundance of waters may cover thee?
[35]  Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go,
And say unto thee, Here we are?
[36]  Who hath put wisdom in the inward 17 parts?
Or who hath given understanding to the mind? 18
[37]  Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour 19 out the bottles of heaven,
[38]  When the dust runneth into a mass,
And the clods cleave fast together?
[39]    Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
[40]  When they couch in their dens,
And abide in the covert to lie in wait?
[41]  Who provideth for the raven his prey,
When his young ones cry unto God,
And wander for lack of food?
Note 1. Heb. if thou knowest understanding. [back]
Note 2. Or, seeing. [back]
Note 3. Heb. sockets. [back]
Note 4. Heb. made to sink. [back]
Note 5. Or, and issued. [back]
Note 6. Heb. brake. [back]
Note 7. Or, as in a garment. [back]
Note 8. Or, search. [back]
Note 9. Or, Which is the way to the place where the light is &c. [back]
Note 10. Or, greensward. [back]
Note 11. Or, given it birth. [back]
Note 12. Or, are congealed like stone. [back]
Note 13. Heb. cohereth. [back]
Note 14. Or, chain.Or, sweet influences. [back]
Note 15. Or, the signs of the Zodiac. [back]
Note 16. Heb. sons. [back]
Note 17. Or, dark clouds. [back]
Note 18. Or, meteor. [back]
Note 19. Heb. cause to lie down. [back]


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