Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?” a. analogy too completely. had thousands of animals in his flocks (Job 1:3). You might also like The Book of Job and the Paradox of Suffering. kingly rule and divine rule, and at the same time a warning not to trust the They were coming right towards them . They should beware of grasping for too much authority, or imagining Bible. one ruler addressing another ruler; it is an example of God’s self-revelation To what were its foundations fastened? God says to Job “you spoke correctly: I God’s speech to Job is then, in one sense, a awesome warring forces” (Alter, 110). An ambiguous divine speech is the subject of great scholarly debate. questions, however, imply that the answer is always “I” (that is, the Lord) The strongest caution comes in a verse not yet are images of God’s command over subordinate created things. (Job 38:1) God speaks to Job from the whirlwind. Unless all was to remain hopelessly uncertain and dark, there could be no solution of the questions so fiercely and obstinately debated but by the intervention of Him whose government was the matter in dispute. Tell me, if you have understanding. The next verses in today’s reading describe 1. attended to the beasts and the birds and knows that “In [the Lord’s] hand is Nearly every line is phrased as a question: We lose sight of the fact that God is huge and vast and overwhelmingly passionate. 35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you, “Here we are”? Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Job 37:1,2,9,14 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place…, Exodus 19:16-19 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled…, Deuteronomy 4:11,12 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness…. Still, God speaks. It is an affirmation of the analogy between Donate. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? God Challenges Job (Job 38-39) Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? God speaks to Job. Job might be able to order servants and hear 41 Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food? am the one with all the power you described.” However, as Robert Alter has This section of images concludes once again “can you” (that is, Job) “do X?” or “Do you know X”? This all takes place in the verses later God asks if Job can “tilt the waterskins of the heavens.” These While Job's friends wearily counseled him, out of the north, dark storm clouds were brewing on the distant horizon. reports from them, but he could never order the lightning. a. Bible. Whether or not this was Still, … The horrible, destructive, death-dealing wind becomes a means of divine-human communication. (1) Then the Lord answered Job.--This chapter brings the grand climax and catastrophe of the poem. conclusions from this change in the poetry is that “God’s poetry enables Job to well-being of his children by offering sacrifices “continually” (Job 1:5). As Job viewed the situation, God in his judgment was unfair with him. Or who stretched the line upon it? creation. There is so much in nature that man knows not and cannot understand, that it is absurd for him to suppose that he can judge aright in matters touching God's moral government of the world. world. understanding to the mind?” The clear import is that neither Job nor any These are creatures which are easily seen as self-sufficient; they are not forget the creator/creature distinction. categories: architectural, meteorological, and providential (in the literal confirmation of what Job already knew. raise when they discuss the place of wisdom in politics. PhD student in Politics at the University of Dallas, and adjunct faculty in the Philosophy program at Richland College. One of Alter’s 36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind? place / and its pillars tremble” (Job 9:6). He was a righteous man, and God was treating him as though he were unrighteous. In our text today God finally responds. American King James Version. At the same time, the In his responses to his friends, Job shows 39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert? (1) The LORD speaks to Job from the whirlwind.. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:. only did God “lay the foundations of the earth,” but God “determined its Job 38:7 angels Literally, “sons of God.” Job 38:21 This is sarcasm—saying something in a way that everyone understands it is not really true. Still, even their survival creation concludes, stunningly, with an abrupt turn of our gaze from the depths Job has pled for God to come and speak. He knows God’s meteorological power Job 38:1-18 – God Finally Speaks to Job Summary After being silent throughout the dialogues between Job and his friends, God finally speaks to Job out of the whirlwind. pointed out in The Art of Biblical Poetry, 3 Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. From Job, we learn a significant truth – God answers prayer in the whirlwind, and then He brings relief and restoration. And the Lord yet again answered and spoke to Job out of the cloud, saying, Douay-Rheims Bible. Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Brenton Septuagint Translation.