Season after Pentecost: Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
- Job 38:1-738
1Then out of the storm the LORD spoke to Job.
2Who are you to question my wisdom
with your ignorant, empty words?
3Now stand up straight
and answer the questions I ask you.
4Were you there when I made the world?
If you know so much, tell me about it.
5Who decided how large it would be?
Who stretched the measuring line over it?
Do you know all the answers?
6What holds up the pillars that support the earth?
Who laid the cornerstone of the world?
7In the dawn of that day the stars sang together,
and the heavenly beings shouted for joy.
- Job 38:34-41
34Can you shout orders to the clouds
and make them drench you with rain?
35And if you command the lightning to flash,
will it come to you and say, “At your service”?
36Who tells the ibis when the Nile will flood,
or who tells the cock that rain will fall?
37Who is wise enough to count the clouds
and tilt them over to pour out the rain,
38rain that hardens the dust into lumps?
39Do you find food for lions to eat,
and satisfy hungry young lions
40when they hide in their caves,
or lie in wait in their dens?
41Who is it that feeds the ravens
when they wander about hungry,
when their young cry to me for food?
- Psalms 104:1-9104
1Praise the LORD, my soul!
O LORD, my God, how great you are!
You are clothed with majesty and glory;
2you cover yourself with light.
You have spread out the heavens like a tent
3and built your home on the waters above.
You use the clouds as your chariot
and ride on the wings of the wind.
4You use the winds as your messengers
and flashes of lightning as your servants.
5You have set the earth firmly on its foundations,
and it will never be moved.
6You placed the ocean over it like a robe,
and the water covered the mountains.
7When you rebuked the waters, they fled;
they rushed away when they heard your shout of command.
8They flowed over the mountains and into the valleys,
to the place you had made for them.
9You set a boundary they can never pass,
to keep them from covering the earth again.
- Psalms 104:24
24LORD, you have made so many things!
How wisely you made them all!
The earth is filled with your creatures.
- Psalms 104:35
35May sinners be destroyed from the earth;
may the wicked be no more.
Praise the LORD, my soul!
Praise the LORD!