God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then answered the Lord vnto Iob out of the whirle winde, and said, Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth the counsell by wordes without knowledge? Job 38:3 Girde vp nowe thy loynes like a man: I will demande of thee & declare thou vnto 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 layde the measures thereof, if thou knowest, or who hath stretched the line ouer it: Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof set: or who layed the corner stone thereof: Job 38:7 When the starres of the morning praysed me together, and all the children of God reioyced: Job 38:8 Or who hath shut vp the Sea with doores, when it yssued and came foorth as out of the wombe: Job 38:9 When I made the cloudes as a couering thereof, and darkenesse as the swadeling bands thereof: Job 38:10 When I stablished my commandement vpon it, and set barres and doores, Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no farther, and here shall it stay thy proude waues. Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy dayes? Hast thou caused the morning to knowe his place, Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the corners of the earth, and that the wicked might be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It is turned as clay to facion, and all stand vp as a garment. Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light shall be taken away, and the hie arme shalbe broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou entred into the bottomes of the sea? Or hast thou walked to seeke out the depth? Job 38:17 Haue the gates of death bene opened vnto thee? Or hast thou seene the gates of the shadowe of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou perceiued the breadth of the earth? Tell if thou knowest all this. Job 38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? And where is the place of darkenesse, Job 38:20 That thou shouldest receiue it in the boundes thereof, and that thou shouldest knowe the paths to the house thereof? Job 38:21 Knewest thou it, because thou wast then borne, and because the nomber of thy dayes is great? Job 38:22 Hast thou entred into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seene the treasures of ye haile, Job 38:23 Which I haue hid against the time of trouble, against the day of warre and battell? Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the East winde vpon the earth? Job 38:25 Who hath deuided the spowtes for the raine? Or the way for the lightning of ye thunders, Job 38:26 To cause it to raine on the earth where no man is, and in the wildernes where there is no man? Job 38:27 To fulfil the wilde and waste place, and to cause the bud of the herbe to spring forth? Job 38:28 Who is the father of the rayne? Or who hath begotten the droppes of the dewe? Job 38:29 Out of whose wombe came the yee? Who hath ingendred the frost of the heauen? Job 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone: and the face of the depth is frosen.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Canst thou restraine the sweete influences of the Pleiades? Or loose the bandes of Orion? Job 38:32 Canst thou bring foorth Mazzaroth in their time? Canst thou also guide Arcturus with his sonnes? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the course of heauen, or canst thou set the rule thereof in the earth? Job 38:34 Canst thou lift vp thy voice to the cloudes that the aboundance of water may couer thee? Job 38:35 Canst thou sende the lightenings that they may walke, and say vnto thee, Loe, heere we are? Job 38:36 Who hath put wisedome in the reines? Or who hath giuen the heart vnderstanding? Job 38:37 Who can nomber cloudes by wisedome? Or who can cause to cease the bottels of heaue, Job 38:38 When the earth groweth into hardnesse, and the clottes are fast together? Job 38:39 Wilt thou hunt the pray for the lyon? or fill the appetite of the lyons whelpes, Job 38:40 When they couch in their places, and remaine in the couert to lye in waite? Job 38:41 Who prepareth for the rauen his meate, when his birdes crie vnto God, wandering for lacke of meate?