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Job 38 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

The Lord Questions Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:

“Who is this that makes my purpose unclear
    by saying things that are not true?
Be strong like a man.
    I will ask you questions,
    and you must answer me.
Where were you when I made the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off how big it should be?
    Surely you know!
What were the earth’s foundations set on?
    Or who put its cornerstone in place?
Who did all this while the morning stars sang together?
    Who did this while the angels shouted with joy?

“Who shut the doors to keep the sea in
    when it broke through and was born?
This was when I made the clouds like a coat for the sea.
    And I wrapped the sea in dark clouds.
10 It was when I put limits on the sea.
    And I put its doors and bars in place.
11 It was when I said to the sea, ‘You may come this far, but no farther.
    This is where your proud waves must stop.’

12 “Have you ever given orders for morning to begin?
    Or have you shown the dawn where its place was?
13 The dawn takes hold of earth by its edges
    and shakes evil people out of it.
14 At dawn the earth changes like clay being pressed by a seal.
    The hills and valleys stand out like folds in a coat.
15 Light is not given to evil people.
    Their arm is raised to do harm, but it is broken.

16 “Have you ever gone to where the sea begins?
    Or have you walked in the valleys under the sea?
17 Have the gates of death been opened to you?
    Or have you seen the gates of the deep darkness?
18 Do you understand the great width of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all these things.

19 “What is the path to light’s home?
    And where does darkness live?
20 Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the way to their homes?
21 Surely you know, if you were already born when all this happened!
    Have you lived that many years?

22 “Have you ever gone into the storehouse where snow is kept?
    Or have you seen the storehouses for hail?
23 I save the snow and hail for times of trouble.
    I save them for days of war and battle.
24 How do you get to the place where light comes from?
    Or where is the place from which the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains?
    And who sets a path for the thunderstorm to follow?
26 Who waters the land where no one lives?
    Who waters the desert that has no one in it?
27 Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land
    so the grass begins to grow?
28 Does the rain have a father?
    Who is father to the drops of dew?
29 Who is the mother of the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost from the sky?
30 The waters become hard as stone.
    Even the surface of the deep ocean is frozen.

31 “Can you tie up the stars of the Pleiades?
    Can you loosen the ropes of the stars in Orion?
32 Can you bring out the stars at the right times?
    Or can you lead out the stars of the Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the sky?
    Can you understand their rule over the earth?

34 “Can you shout an order to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Can you send lightning bolts on their way?
    Do the flashes of lightning report to you and say, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who put wisdom inside the mind?
    Or who put understanding in the heart?
37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
    Who can pour water from the jars of heaven?
38 Who can do this when the dust becomes hard
    and the clumps of dirt stick together?

39 “Do you hunt food for the female lion
    to satisfy the hunger of the young lions?
40 Do you hunt for them while they lie in their dens
    or hide in the bushes waiting to attack?
41 Who gives food to the birds
    when their young cry out to God?
    And who gives them food when they wander about without any?

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Job 38 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord Speaks

38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
    its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,
    and their upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all this.

19 “What is the way to the abode of light?
    And where does darkness reside?
20 Can you take them to their places?
    Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
    You have lived so many years!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
    or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
    for days of war and battle?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
    or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no one lives,
    an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
    and make it sprout with grass?
28 Does the rain have a father?
    Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
    Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 when the waters become hard as stone,
    when the surface of the deep is frozen?

31 “Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
    Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
    or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
    Can you set up God’s[e] dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
    and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
    Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
    or gives the rooster understanding?[g]
37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
    Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38 when the dust becomes hard
    and the clods of earth stick together?

39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
    and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens
    or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 Who provides food for the raven
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?

Footnotes:

  1. Job 38:7 Hebrew the sons of God
  2. Job 38:31 Septuagint; Hebrew beauty
  3. Job 38:32 Or the morning star in its season
  4. Job 38:32 Or out Leo
  5. Job 38:33 Or their
  6. Job 38:36 That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
  7. Job 38:36 That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
New International Version (NIV)

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