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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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CHAPTER 38 References

1 aEx. 19:16;
Job 40:6
2 aJob 34:35;
42:3 b1 Tim.
3 aJob 40:7
1Lit. gird up
your loins like
4 aJob 15:7;
Ps. 104:5
5 1measuring
7 aJob 1:6
8 aGen. 1:9;
Ps. 33:7;
104:9; Prov.
8:29; [Jer.
5:22] 10 aJob 26:10
11 a[Ps. 89:9;
93:4] 12 a[Ps. 74:16;
148:5] 13 aJob 34:25;
Ps. 104:35
15 aJob 18:5;
[Prov. 13:9] b[Num. 15:30];
Ps. 10:15;
37:17 1Lit.
16 a[Ps. 77:19];
Prov. 8:24
17 aPs. 9:13
1Lit. opened

The LORD Reveals His Omnipotence to Job


1 Then the LORD answered Job aout of the whirlwind, and said:

2 “Whoa is this who darkens counsel By bwords without knowledge?
3 aNow 1prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 “Wherea were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the 1line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together, And all athe sons of God shouted for joy?

8 “Ora who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When aI fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;
11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves amust stop!’

12 “Have you acommanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And athe wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their alight is withheld, And bthe 1upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you aentered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have athe gates of death been 1revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

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18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?

22 “Have you entered athe treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 aWhich I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light 1diffused, Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 “Who ahas divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 aTo satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28 aHas the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice? And the afrost of heaven, who gives it birth?

30 The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is afrozen.1

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiadesa,1 Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out 1Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide 2the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know athe ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you?
35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
36 aWho has put wisdom in 1the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?

22 aPs. 135:7
23 aEx. 9:18;
Josh. 10:11;
Is. 30:30;
Ezek. 13:11,
13; Rev. 16:21
24 1Lit. divided
25 aJob 28:26
27 aPs. 104:13,
14; 107:35
28 aJob 36:27,
28; [Ps. 147:8;
Jer. 14:22] 29 a[Job
37:10]; Ps.
147:16, 17
30 a[Job 37:10] 1Lit. imprisoned
31 aJob 9:9;
Amos 5:8 1Or
the Seven
32 1Lit. Constellations
2Or Arcturus
33 a[Ps. 148:6];
Jer. 31:35, 36
36 a[Job 9:4;
32:8; Ps. 51:6;
Eccl. 2:26;
James 1:5] 1Lit. the inward
39 aPs. 104:21
41 aPs. 147:9;
[Matt. 6:26;
Luke 12:24]

CHAPTER 39 References

1 aDeut. 14:5;
1 Sam. 24:2;
Ps. 104:18 bPs.
3 1Lit. pangs
5 1A species of
wild donkey
6 aJob 24:5;
Jer. 2:24; Hos.
8:9 1Lit. salt
8 aGen. 1:29
9 aNum. 23:22;
Deut. 33:17;
Ps. 22:21;
29:6; 92:10; Is.
12 1Lit. seed

JOB 39:12

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?

39 “Cana you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens, Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 aWho provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?


1 “Do you know the time when the wild amountain goats bear young? Or can you mark when bthe deer gives birth?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3 They bow down, They bring forth their young, They deliver their 1offspring.
4 Their young ones are healthy, They grow strong with grain; They depart and do not return to them.

5 “Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager1,
6 aWhose home I have made the wilderness, And the 1barren land his dwelling?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city; He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture , And he searches after aevery green thing.

9 “Will the awild ox be willing to serve you? Will he bed by your manger ?
10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes? Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great? Or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you trust him to bring home your 1grain, And gather it to your threshing floor?

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JOB 39:13

13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s?
14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust;
15 She forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She atreats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain, without 1concern,
17 Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did not aendow her with understanding.
18 When she lifts herself on high, She scorns the horse and its rider.

19 “Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with 1thunder?
20 Can you 1frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; aHe gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him, The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle from afar, The thunder of captains and shouting.

26 “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, And spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the aeagle mount up at your command, And bmake its nest on high?
28 On the rock it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar.
30 Its young ones suck up blood; And awhere the slain are, there it is.”

16 aLam. 4:3
1Lit. fear
17 aJob 35:11
19 1Or a mane
20 1make him
21 aJer. 8:6
27 aProv.
30:18, 19 bJer.
49:16; Obad. 4
30 aMatt.
24:28; Luke

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A Song of God’s Majesty and Love

aA Praise of David.

1 I WILL 1extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 aGreat is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And bHis greatness is 1unsearchable.

4 aOne generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 1I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And 2on Your wondrous works.
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall 1utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8 aThe LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 aThe LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10 aAll Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.

PSALM 145 References

title aPs. 100:title
1 1praise
3 a[Ps. 147:5] b[Rom. 11:33] 1Beyond our
4 aIs. 38:19
5 1So with
MT, Tg.; DSS,
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
They 2Lit. on
the words of
Your wondrous
7 1eagerly
utter, lit. bubble
8 a[Num.
14:18] 9 aNah. 1:7
10 aPs. 19:1
13 a[1 Tim.
1:17] 1So with
MT, Tg.; DSS,
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
add The LORD
is faithful in
all His words,
and holy in all
His works
14 aPs. 146:8
15 aPs. 104:27
bPs. 136:25
16 aPs. 104:21,
18 a[Deut. 4:7] b[John 4:24] 20 a[Ps. 31:23]

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 aYour kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all 1generations.

14 The LORD upholds all who fall, And araises up all who are bowed down.
15 aThe eyes of all look expectantly to You, And bYou give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand aAnd satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18 aThe LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him bin truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 aThe LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.




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