____________ “Or who shut in the sea with doors
_________________ when it burst out from the womb,
____________ when I made clouds its garment
_________________ and thick darkness its swaddling band,
____________ and prescribed limits for it
_________________ and set bars and doors,
____________ and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
_________________ and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
____________ “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
_________________ and caused the dawn to know its place,
____________ that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
_________________ and the wicked be shaken out of it?
____________ It is changed like clay under the seal,
_________________ and its features stand out like a garment.
____________ From the wicked their light is withheld,
_________________ and their uplifted arm is broken.
____________ “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
_________________ or walked in the recesses of the deep?
____________ Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
_________________ or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
____________ Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
_________________ Declare, if you know all this.”
– The LORD answers Job (38:8-18)