God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 And Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; and I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I founded the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. Job 38:5 Who set the measures thereofif thou knowest? or who stretched a line upon it? Job 38:6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof sunken? or who laid its corner-stone, Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:8 And who shut up the sea with doors, when it burst forth, issuing out of the womb? Job 38:9 When I made the cloud its garment, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it; Job 38:10 When I cut out for it my boundary, and set bars and doors, Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Job 38:12 Hast thou since thy days commanded the morning? hast thou caused the dawn to know its place, Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked might be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It is changed like the signet-clay; and [all things] stand forth as in a garment: Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the uplifted arm is broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou entered as far as the springs of the sea? and hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep? Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? and hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death? Job 38:18 Hath thine understanding compassed the breadths of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all. Job 38:19 Where is the way to where light dwelleth? and the darkness, where is its place, Job 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to its bound, and that thou shouldest know the paths to its house? Job 38:21 Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great! Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the storehouses of the snow, and hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail, Job 38:23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of battle and war? Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted, [and] the east wind scattered upon the earth? Job 38:25 Who hath divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash; Job 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is; on the wilderness wherein there is not a man; Job 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground], and to cause the sprout of the grass to spring forth? Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who begetteth the drops of dew? Job 38:29 Out of whose womb cometh the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who bringeth it forth? Job 38:30 When the waters lie hidden as in stone, and the face of the deep holdeth fast together.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Canst thou fasten the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion? Job 38:32 Dost thou bring forth the constellations each in its season? or dost thou guide the Bear with her sons? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? dost thou determine their rule over the earth? Job 38:34 Dost thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that floods of waters may cover thee? Job 38:35 Dost thou send forth lightnings that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the mind? Job 38:37 Who numbereth the clouds with wisdom? or who poureth out the bottles of the heavens, Job 38:38 When the dust runneth as into a molten mass, and the clods cleave fast together? Job 38:39 Dost thou hunt the prey for the lioness, and dost thou satisfy the appetite of the young lions, Job 38:40 When they crouch in [their] dens, [and] abide in the thicket to lie in wait? Job 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food, when his young ones cry unto *God, [and] they wander for lack of meat?