Jackie Barker

Jackie Barker

Job 38:1-11

The Lord speaks

38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

‘Who is this that obscures my plans
    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,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, “This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt”?

Job 40:1-5

40 The Lord said to Job:

‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
    Let him who accuses God answer him!’

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.’

Job 42:1-6


42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

‘I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, “Who is this that obscures my plans 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.’

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