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Job 38

God challengeth Job to answer.

Job 38:1 Then the LORD 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; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Job 38:5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who stretched the line upon it? Job 38:6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:8 [Or who] shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb; Job 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, Job 38:10 And prescribed for it my decree, and set bars and doors, Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days [began, and] caused the dayspring to know its place; Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal; and [all things] stand forth as a garment: Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm is broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep? Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou comprehended the breadth of the earth? declare, if thou knowest it all. Job 38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and as for darkness, where is the place thereof; Job 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof? Job 38:21 [Doubtless], thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great! Job 38:22 Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, or hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail, Job 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted, or the east wind scattered upon the earth? Job 38:25 Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, or a way for the lightning of the thunder; Job 38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; Job 38:27 To satisfy the waste and desolate [ground]; and to cause the tender grass to spring forth? Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Job 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? Job 38:30 The waters are hidden as [with] stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

and of imbecility.

Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Job 38:32 Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? or canst thou guide the Bear with her train? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth? Job 38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Job 38:35 Canst 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 can number the clouds by wisdom? or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, Job 38:38 When the dust runneth into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together? Job 38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, Job 38:40 When they couch in their dens, [and] abide in the covert to lie in wait? Job 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food, when his young ones cry unto God, [and] wander for lack of meat?

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