God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then aunswered the Lorde vnto Iob out of the whirle winde, and saide: Job 38:2 What is he that darkeneth his counsaile by wordes without knowledge? Job 38:3 Girde vp thy loynes lyke a man: for I wyl question with thee, see thou geue me a direct aunswere.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I layed the foundations of the earth? Tell playnely, if thou hast vnderstanding. Job 38:5 Who hath measured it, knowest thou? or who hath spread the lyne vpon it? Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations set? or who layed the corner stone thereof? Job 38:7 Where wast thou when the morning starres praysed me together, and all the children of God reioyced triumphantly? Job 38:8 Who shut the sea with doores, when it brake foorth as out of the wombe? Job 38:9 When I made the cloudes [to be] a covering for it, and swadled it with the darke: Job 38:10 When I gaue it my commaundement, making doores and barres for it, Job 38:11 Saying, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shalt thou laye downe thy proude and hie waues. Job 38:12 Hast thou geue the morning his charge since thy dayes, and shewed the day spring his place, Job 38:13 That it might take holde of the corners of the earth, and that the vngodly might be shaken out of it. Job 38:14 They are fashioned as is the clay with the seale, and all stand vp as a garment. Job 38:15 The vngodly shall be disapointed of their light, and the arme of the proude shalbe broken. Job 38:16 Camest thou euer into the grounde of the sea, or walkedst in the lowe corners of the deepe? Job 38:17 Haue the gates of death ben opened vnto thee? or hast thou seene the doores of the shadowe of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou also perceaued how brode the earth is? If thou hast knowledge of all this: Job 38:19 Then shewe me the way where light dwelleth, & where is the place of darkenesse? Job 38:20 That thou shouldest receaue it in the boundes thereof, and know the pathes to their houses. Job 38:21 Knewest thou afore thou wast borne how olde thou shouldest be? Job 38:22 Wentest thou euer into the treasures of the snow, or hast thou seene the secrete places of the hayle, Job 38:23 Which I haue prepared against the time of trouble, against the time of battaile and warre? Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted? and into what land breaketh the east winde? Job 38:25 Who deuideth the waters into diuers chanels? or who maketh a way for the lightening and thunder, Job 38:26 To cause it to rayne on the earth where no man is, and in the wildernesse where none inhabiteth? Job 38:27 To satisfie the desolate and waste grounde, and to cause the budde of the hearbe to spring foorth. Job 38:28 Who is the father of the rayne? or who hath begotten the droppes of the deawe? Job 38:29 Out of whose wombe came the yce? Who hath gendred the coldnesse of the ayre? Job 38:30 That the waters are hidde as [with] a stone, and lye congealed aboue the deepe.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Wylt thou hinder the sweete influences of the seuen starres? or loose the bandes of Orion? Job 38:32 Canst thou bring foorth Mazzaroth in their time? canst thou also guide Arctutus with his sonnes? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the course of heauen, that thou mayest set vp the ordinaunce thereof vpon the earth? Job 38:34 Moreouer, canst thou lift vp thy voyce to the cloudes, that they may powre downe a great rayne vpon thee? Job 38:35 Canst thou send the lightninges also, that they may go their way, and be obedient vnto thee, saying, Lo here are we? Job 38:36 Who hath put wysdome in the reynes? or who hath geuen the heart vnderstanding? Job 38:37 Who numbreth the cloudes in wysdome? who stilleth the vehement waters of the heauen? Job 38:38 To cause the earth to grow into hardnesse, & the clots to cleaue fast together? Job 38:39 Wylt thou hunt the pray for the lion? or fill the appetite of the lions whelpes, Job 38:40 When they couche in their places, and tarie in the couert to lye in wayte? Job 38:41 Who prouideth meate for the rauen, when his young ones crye vnto God, and flee about for lacke of meate?