God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then spake the Lorde vnto Iob oute of the storme, and sayd: Job 38:2 what is he that hideth his mynde with folysh wordes? Job 38:3 Gyrde vp thy loynes lyke a man, for I wyl question the, se thou geue me a dyrecte aunswere.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou, when I layde the foundacyons of the earth? Tel planely yf thou hast vnderstandyng. Job 38:5 Who hath measured it, knoweste thou? Or, who hath spreade the lyne vpon it? Job 38:6 Wherevpon stande the pylers of it? Or who layed þe corner stone? Job 38:7 Where wast thou when the mornyng starres praysed me together & all the chyldren of God reioysed triumphantly? Job 38:8 Who shut the sea with dores, when it brake forth as a chyld oute of his mothers wombe? Job 38:9 When I made the cloudes to be a coueryng for it, & swadled it wyth the darcke? Job 38:10 when I gaue it my commaundement, makynge dores & barres for it, Job 38:11 saying: Hytherto shalt thou come, but no forther, & here shalte thou laye doune thy proude & hye waues. Job 38:12 Haste thou geuen the mornyng his charge (as sone as thou wast borne) and shewed the daye sprynge his place, Job 38:13 þt it might take holde of the corners of the earthe, & that the vngodlye myght be shaken out? Job 38:14 Theyr tokens & weapons haste thou turned lyke claye & set them vp agayne as the chaunginge of a garment. Job 38:15 Yea thou hast spoyled the vngodly of theyr lyght, & broken the arme of the proude. Job 38:16 Camest thou euer into the grounde of the sea: or haste thou walked in the lowe corners of þe depe? Job 38:17 Haue the gates of death ben opened vnto the, or haste thou sene the dore of euerlasting treasure? Job 38:18 Hast thou also perceiued, how broad the earth is? Nowe yf thou haste knowledge of all, Job 38:19 then shewe me where lyght dwelleth, & where darcknes is: Job 38:20 that thou mayest brynge vs vnto theyr quarters, yf thou canste tell the waye to theyr houses. Job 38:21 Knewest thou (when thou wast borne) how olde thou shuldest be? Job 38:22 Wentest thou euer into the threasuryes of the snowe, or haste thou sene the secrete places of the hayle, Job 38:23 whiche I haue prepared agaynst the tyme of trouble, agaynste the tyme of battell and warre? Job 38:24 By what waye is the lyghte parted, and the heate dealte oute vpon the earth? Job 38:25 Who deuydeth þe aboundaunce of waters into ryuers, or who maketh a waye for the stormye wether, Job 38:26 that it watereth & moystureth the drye and baren grounde, 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 the droppes of dewe? Job 38:29 Oute of whose wombe came the yse? Who hath gendred the coldnes of þe ayre? Job 38:30 that the waters are as harde as stones, and lye congeled aboue the depe.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Haste thou brought the .vij. starres together? Or art thou able to breake the circle of heauen? Job 38:32 Canst thou brynge forth the mornynge starre or the euenyng starre at conuenyente tyme, & conueye them home agayne? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the course of heauen, that thou mayest set vp the ordynaunce thereof vpon the earth? Job 38:34 Moreouer canst thou lyfte vp thy voyce to the cloudes, þt they maye powre doune a greate rayne vpon the? Job 38:35 Canste thou thondre also that they maye go theyr waye, & be obedient vnto the, saying: Lo here are we. Job 38:36 Who geueth sure wysdome or stedfast vnderstandyng? Job 38:37 who numbreth the cloudes in wysdome? who stylleth the vehement waters of heauen? Job 38:38 who turneth þe clottes to duste, & then to be clottes agayne? Job 38:39 Hunteste thou the praye from the lyon, or fedest thou hys welpes Job 38:40 lying in theyr dennes, & lurkyng in theyr couches? Job 38:41 who prouydeth meate for þe rauen, when his younge ones crye vnto God, and fle aboute for wante of meate?