1: Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
2: "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3: Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me!
4: "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
5: Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?
6: Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
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 broke forth from the womb,
9: when I made clouds its garment, and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10: marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,
11: and said, 'Here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?'
12: "Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;
13: that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?
14: It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.
15: From the wicked, their light is withheld. 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: "What is the way to the dwelling of light? As for darkness, where is its place,
20: that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?
21: Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
22: Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures 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 lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?
25: Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;
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, to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
28: Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?
29: Out of whose womb came the ice? The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?
30: The waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen.
31: "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
32: Can you lead forth the constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
33: Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over 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? Do they report 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 the sky,
38: when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick 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 lie in wait in the thicket?
41: Who provides for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?