2“Who is this that questions my wisdom
with such ignorant words?
3Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
4“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
5Who determined its dimensions
and stretched out the surveying line?
6What supports its foundations,
and who laid its cornerstone
7as the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8“Who kept the sea inside its boundaries
as it burst from the womb,
9and as I clothed it with clouds
and wrapped it in thick darkness?
10For I locked it behind barred gates,
limiting its shores.
11I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come.
Here your proud waves must stop!’
12“Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
13Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth,
to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?
14As the light approaches,
the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal;
it is robed in brilliant colors.
15The light disturbs the wicked
and stops the arm that is raised in violence.
16“Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?
Have you explored their depths?
17Do you know where the gates of death are located?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
18Do you realize the extent of the earth?
Tell me about it if you know!
19“Where does light come from,
and where does darkness go?
20Can you take each to its home?
Do you know how to get there?
21But of course you know all this!
For you were born before it was all created,
and you are so very experienced!
22“Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of hail?