God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then answered the Lorde vnto Iob out of the storme, and sayd: Job 38:2 what is he that hydeth his mynde with folysh wordes? Job 38:3 Gyrde vp thy loynes lyke a man, for I wyll questyon wyth the, se thou geue me a directe answere.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou, when I layde the foundacyons of the earth? Tell playnely, yf thou hast vnderstandyng. Job 38:5 Who hath measured it, knowest thou? Or, who hath spreade the lyne vpon it? Job 38:6 Where vpon stande the pyllers of it? Or, who layed the corner stone therof? Job 38:7 Where wast thou, when the mornyng starres praysed me together, and all the chyldren of God reioysed triumphantly? Job 38:8 Who shut the see wyth dores, when it brake forth as a chylde out of hys mothers wombe? Job 38:9 When I made the cloudes to be a coueryng for it, and swadled it with the darcke? Job 38:10 when I gaue it my commaundement, makyng dores and barres for it, Job 38:11 saying: Hyther to shalt thou come, but no farther, & here shalt thou laye downe thy proud and hye waues. Job 38:12 Hast thou geuen the mornynge hys charge (as sone as thou wast borne) and shewed the daye spryng hys place, Job 38:13 that it myght take holde of the corners of þe earth, and that the vngodly myght be shaken out? Job 38:14 Theyr tokens and weapens are turned lyke claye, and sett vp agayne as the chaungyng of a garment. Job 38:15 The vngodly shalbe disapoynted of their lyght, and the arme of the proude shalbe broken. Job 38:16 Camest thou euer into the grounde of the see: or walkedest in the lowe corners of the depe? Job 38:17 Haue the gates of deeth bene opened vnto the, or hast thou sene the dores of the shadowe of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou also perceaued how broade the earth is? Yf thou hast knowledge of all thys, Job 38:19 then shew me, where lyght dwelleth, and where darcknes is: Job 38:20 that thou mayest brynge vs vnto theyr quarters, yf thou canst tell the waye to theyr houses. Job 38:21 Knewest thou (afore thou wast borne) how olde thou shuldest be? Job 38:22 Wentest thou euer into þe treasuryes of the snowe, or hast thou sene the secrete places of the hayle, Job 38:23 whych I haue prepared agaynst the tyme of trouble, agaynst the tyme of batell and warre? Job 38:24 By what waye is the lyght parted, and into what lande breaketh þe east wynde: Job 38:25 Who deuydeth the aboundaunce of waters into ryuers, or who maketh a waye for the lyghtenyng and thonder, Job 38:26 that it watereth & moystureth the drye and barengrounde: Job 38:27 to make the grasse growe in places where no body dwelleth, and in the wyldernes where no man remayneth? Job 38:28 Who is the father of rayne? Or who hath begotten þe droppes of dewe? Job 38:29 Out of whose wombe came the yse? Who hath gendred the coldnes of the ayre? Job 38:30 that the waters are as harde as stones, and lye congeled aboue the depe.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Wylt thou hyndre the swete influences of the .vij. starres? Or art thou able to breke the circle of heauen? Job 38:32 Canst thou brynge forth the mornynge starre or þe euenynge starre at conuenient tyme, & conueye them home agayne? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the course of heauen, that thou mayest set vp the ordinaunce therof vpon the erth? Job 38:34 Moreouer, canst thou lyft vp thy voyce to the cloudes, that they maye poore downe a greate rayne vpon the? Job 38:35 Canst thou thondre also that they maye go theyr waye, and be obedient vnto the, sayeng: Lo here are we? Job 38:36 Who geueth sure wysdome or stedfast vnderstandynge? Job 38:37 who nombreth þe cloudes in wysdome? who stylleth the vehement waters of the heauen? Job 38:38 who turneth the clottes to dust, & then to be clottes agayne? Job 38:39 Wylt thou hunt the praye from the lyon, or fede hys whelpes Job 38:40 lying in theyr dennes, and lurkyng in theyr couches? Job 38:41 who prouideth meate for the rauen, when hys yonge ones crye vnto God, and fle aboute for lack of meate?