Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that darkens my counsel 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 shouted for joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb…
Then Job answered the LORD:
“I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer– twice, but I will say no more.”
“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
“Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?
Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low,
look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand…
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.”
After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.
Job 38:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 40:3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12, 42:1,2,3,4,5,6,10,12a,16-17
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.