God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Iob out of the whirlewind, and sayd, Job 38:2 Who [is] this [that] darkneth counsell by words without knowledge? Job 38:3 Gird vp nowe thy loines like a man; for I will demaund of thee, and answere thou me.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I layd the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast vnderstanding. Job 38:5 Who hath layd the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line vpon it? Job 38:6 Wherepuon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who layd the corner stone thereof? Job 38:7 When the morning starres sang together, and all the sonnes of God shouted for ioy. Job 38:8 Or [who] shut vp the sea with doores, when it brake foorth [as if] it had issued out of the wombe? Job 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thicke darknesse a swadling band for it, Job 38:10 And brake vp for it my decreed [place], and set barres and doores, Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and heere shall thy proud waues be stayed. Job 38:12 Hast thou commaunded the morning since thy daies? [and] caused the day-spring to know his place, Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the endes of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It is turned as clay to the seale, and they stand as a garment. Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arme shalbe broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou entred into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Job 38:17 Haue the gates of death bene opened vnto thee? Or hast thou seene the doores of the shadow of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou perceiued the breadth of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all. Job 38:19 Where is the way [where] light dwelleth? And as for darknesse, where [is] the place thereof? Job 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the pathes to the house thereof. Job 38:21 Knowest thou [it], because thou wast then borne? Or [because] the number of thy daies [is] great? Job 38:22 Hast thou entred into the treasures of the snowe? Or hast thou seene the treasures of the haile, Job 38:23 Which I haue reserued against the time of trouble, against the day of battaile and warre? Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted? [which] scattereth the East wind vpon the earth. Job 38:25 Who hath diuided a water-course for the ouerflowing of waters? Or a way for the lightning of thunder, Job 38:26 To cause it to raine on the earth, [where] no man is: [on] the wildernesse wherein there is no man? Job 38:27 To satisfie the desolate and waste [ground], and to cause the bud of the tender herbe to spring forth. Job 38:28 Hath the raine a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Job 38:29 Out of whose wombe came the yce? And the hoary frost of heauen, who hath gendred it? Job 38:30 The waters are hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deepe is frozen.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweete influences of Pleiades? Or loose the bands of Orion? Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season, or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sonnes? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heauen? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Job 38:34 Canst thou lift vp thy voice to the cloudes, that abundance of waters may couer thee? Job 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may goe, and say vnto thee, Here we [are]? Job 38:36 Who hath put wisedome in the inward parts? Or who hath giuen vnderstanding to the heart? Job 38:37 Who can number the cloudes in wisedome? Or who can stay the bottles of heauen, Job 38:38 When the dust groweeh into hardnesse, and the clods cleaue fast together? Job 38:39 Wilt thou hunt the pray for the lyon? Or fill the appetite of the young lyons, Job 38:40 When they couch in their dennes, [and] abide in the couert to lie in waite? Job 38:41 Who prouideth for the rauen his foode? when his young ones cry vnto God, they wander for lacke of meate.