The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the
work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they
display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not
heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the
world. Psalm 19: 1-4
ask the animals, and they will teach you, or
the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will
teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which
of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all
mankind. Does not the ear test words as the tongue
tastes food? Is not wisdom found among the
aged? Does not long life bring
understanding? "To God belong wisdom and power;
counsel and understanding are his." Job
Should you not
fear me?" declares the LORD . "Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot
cross it. But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned
aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our
God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the
regular weeks of
Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.
"Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps to catch men. Like cages full of birds, their
houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat
and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the
fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor. Should I not
punish them for
From out of a storm, the LORD said to Job:
Why do you talk so much when you know so little? Now get
ready to face me! Can you answer the questions I
ask? How did I lay the foundation for the
earth? Were you there? Doubtless
you know who decided its length and width. What supports
the foundation? Who placed the cornerstone, while
morning stars sang, and angels rejoiced? When the ocean
was born, I set its boundaries and wrapped it in blankets of thickest
fog. Then I built a wall around it, locked the gates,
and said, "Your powerful waves stop here! They can
go no farther."
Did you ever tell the sun to rise? And did it obey? Did
it take hold of the earth and shake out the wicked like dust from a rug? Early
dawn outlines the hills like stitches on clothing or sketches on
clay. But its light is too much for those who are evil,
and their power is broken. Job, have you ever walked on
the ocean floor? Have you seen the gate to the world of
the dead? And how large is the earth? Tell me, if you
know! Where is the home of light, and where does
darkness live? Can you lead them home? I'm certain you
must be able to, since you were already born when I created
everything. Have you been to the places where I keep
snow and hail, until I use them to punish and conquer
nations? From where does lightning leap, or the east
wind blow? Who carves out a path for
thunderstorms? Who sends torrents of rain on empty
deserts where no one lives? Rain that changes barren
land to meadows green with grass. Who is the father of
the dew and of the rain? Who gives birth to the sleet
and the frost that fall in winter, when streams and lakes freeze solid as a
Can you arrange stars in groups such as Orion and the Pleiades? Do you
control the stars or set in place the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper? Do you
know the laws that govern the heavens, and can you make them rule the
earth? Can you order the clouds to send a downpour, or
will lightning flash at your command? Did you teach
birds to know that rain or floods are on their way? Can
you count the clouds or pour out their water on the dry, lumpy
soil? When lions are hungry, do you help them
hunt? Do you send an animal into their
den? And when starving young ravens cry out to me for
food, do you satisfy their hunger? Job 38 CEV
When do mountain goats and deer give birth? Have you
been there when their young are born? How long are they pregnant before they
deliver? Soon their young grow strong and then leave to
be on their own. Who set wild donkeys
free? I alone help them survive in salty desert sand.
They stay far from crowded cities and refuse to be tamed. Instead, they roam the
hills, searching for pastureland. Would a wild ox agree
to live in your barn and labor for you? Could you force
him to plow or to drag a heavy log to smooth out the
soil? Can you depend on him to use his great strength
and do your heavy work? Can you trust him to harvest
your grain or take it to your barn from the threshing place?
An ostrich proudly flaps her wings, but not because she loves her young. She
abandons her eggs and lets the dusty ground keep them
warm. And she doesn't seem to worry that the feet of an
animal could crush them all. She treats her eggs as
though they were not her own, unconcerned that her work might be for
nothing. I myself made her foolish and without common
sense. But once she starts running, she laughs at a rider on the fastest
Did you give horses their strength and the flowing hair along their necks?
Did you make them able to jump like grasshoppers or to frighten people with
their snorting? Before horses are ridden into battle,
they paw at the ground, proud of their strength.
Laughing at fear, they rush toward the fighting, while the weapons of their
riders rattle and flash in the sun. Unable to stand
still, they gallop eagerly into battle when trumpets
blast. Stirred by the distant smells and sounds of war,
they snort in reply to the trumpet. Did you teach hawks
to fly south for the winter? Did you train eagles to
build their nests on rocky cliffs, where they can look down to spot their next
meal? Then their young gather to feast wherever the victim lies. Job 39 CEV
I am the LORD All-Powerful, but you have argued that I am wrong. Now you
must answer me. Job said to the LORD: Who am I to answer you? I did speak once
or twice, but never again. Then out of the storm the LORD said to Job: Face
me and answer the questions I ask! Are you trying to
prove that you are innocent by accusing me of injustice?
Do you have a powerful arm and a thundering voice that compare with
mine? If so, then surround yourself with glory and
majesty. Show your furious anger! Throw down and
crush all who are proud and evil. Wrap them in grave
clothes and bury them together in the dusty soil. Do
this, and I will agree that you have won this argument.
I created both you and the Behemoth. It eats only grass like an ox, but
look at the mighty muscles in its body and legs. Its tail is like a cedar tree,
and its thighs are thick. The bones in its legs are like bronze or iron. I made
it more powerful than any other creature, yet I am stronger still. Undisturbed,
it eats grass while the other animals play nearby. It rests in the shade of
along the riverbank or hides among reeds in the swamp. It remains calm and
unafraid with the Jordan River rushing and splashing in its face. There is no
way to capture a hippopotamus-- not even by hooking its nose or blinding its
eyes. Job 40 CEV
Can you catch a Leviathan by using a fishhook? Can you tie its mouth shut
with a rope? Can it be led around by a ring in its nose or a hook in its jaw?
Will it beg for mercy? Will it surrender as a slave for life? Can it be tied by
the leg like a pet bird for little girls? Is it ever chopped up and its pieces
bargained for in the fish-market? Can it be killed with harpoons or spears?
Wrestle it just once-- that will be the end. Merely a glimpse of this monster
makes all courage melt. And if it is too fierce for anyone to attack, who would
dare oppose me? I am in command of the world and in debt to no one. What
powerful legs, what a stout body this monster possesses! Who could strip off its
armor or bring it under control with a harness? Who would try to open its jaws,
full of fearsome teeth? Its back is covered with shield after shield, firmly
bound and closer together than breath to breath.
When this monster sneezes, lightning flashes, and its eyes glow like the dawn.
Sparks and fiery flames explode from its mouth. And smoke spews from its nose
like steam from a boiling pot, while its blazing breath scorches everything in
sight. Its neck is so tremendous that everyone trembles, the weakest parts of
its body are harder than iron, and its heart is stone. When this noisy monster
appears, even the most powerful turn and run in fear. No sword or spear can harm
it, and weapons of bronze or iron are as useless as straw or rotten wood. Rocks
thrown from a sling cause it no more harm than husks of grain. This monster
fears no arrows, it simply smiles at spears, and striking it with a stick is
like slapping it with straw. As it crawls through the mud, its sharp and spiny
hide tears the ground apart. And when it swims down deep, the sea starts
churning like boiling oil, and it leaves behind a trail of shining white foam.
No other creature on earth is so fearless. It is king of all proud creatures,
and it looks upon the others as nothing. Job 41 CEV
Then Job replied to the LORD :
"I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted. You
asked, 'Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge? 'Surely I spoke
of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
"You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you
shall answer me.' My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."
Job 42 1-6
This is what the LORD says: 'If I have not
established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and
earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant
and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion
on them.' " Jer 3:25-26
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