22 March 2010


"Where were you when I layed the earth's foundations?
Tell me, if you know and understand.
Who fixed its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line over it?
On what do its supporting pillars rest?
Who set is cornerstone in place,
while the morning stars sang in chorus
and the sons of God all shouted for joy?
Can you command the clouds
to envelop you in a deluge of rain?
If you bid lightning speed on its way, will it say to you "I am ready"?
Who put wisdom in depths of darkness
and veiled understanding in secrecy?
Who is wise enough to marshal the rain clouds
and empty the cisterns of heaven,
when the dusty soil sets in a dense mass,
and the clods of the earth stick fast together?
Do you give the horse its strength?
Have you clothed his neck with a mane?
Do you make him quiver like a locust's wings
when his shrill neighing strikes terror?...
Does your skill teach the hawk to use its pinions
and spread its wings towards the south?
Do you instruct the eagle to soar aloft
and build its nest high up?
Is it for a man who disputes with the Almighty to be stubborn?
Should he who argues with God answer back?"

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