God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 Then Yahweh responded to Job, out of a storm, and said: Job 38:2 Who is it that darkeneth counsel, by words, without knowledge? Job 38:3 Gird, I pray theelike a strong manthy loins, that I may ask 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? Tell, if thou knowest understanding! Job 38:5 Who set the measurements thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched out over it a line? Job 38:6 Whereon were the pedestals thereof sunk? 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 in, with double doors, the sea, when, bursting out of the womb, it came forth; Job 38:9 When I put a cloud as the garment thereof, and a thick cloud as the swaddling-band thereof; Job 38:10 And brake off for it my boundary, and fixed a bar and double doors; Job 38:11 And saidHitherto, shalt thou come, and no further,and, here, shalt thou set a limit to the majesty of thy waves? Job 38:12 Since thy days [began] hast thou commanded the morning? or caused the dawn to know its place; Job 38:13 That it might lay hold of the wings of the earth, and the lawless be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It transformeth itself like the clay of a seal, so that things stand forth like one arrayed; Job 38:15 That their light may be withdrawn from the lawless, and, the lofty arm, be shivered. Job 38:16 Hast thou entered as far as the springs of the sea? Or, through the secret recesses of the resounding deep, hast thou wandered? Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been disclosed to thee? And, the gates of the death-shade, couldst thou descry? Job 38:18 Hast thou well considered, even the breadths of the earth? Tellif thou knowest it all! Job 38:19 Where then is the way, the light shall abide? And, the darkness, where then is its place? Job 38:20 That thou mayest conduct it unto the bound thereof, and that thou mayest perceive the paths to its house. Job 38:21 Thou knowest, for, then, hadst thou been born! And, in number, thy days are many! Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasuries of the snow? And, the treasuries of the hail, couldst thou see? Job 38:23 Which I have reserved for a time of distress, for the day of conflict and of war? Job 38:24 Where then is the way the lightning is parted? The east wind spreadeth itself abroad over the earth. Job 38:25 Who hath clovenfor the torrenta channel? Or a way for the lightning of thunders; Job 38:26 To give rain over the no-man's land, the desert, where no son of earth is; Job 38:27 To satisfy the wild and the wilderness, to cause to spring forth the meadow of young grass? Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Job 38:29 Out of whose womb, came forth the ice? And, the hoar-frost of the heavens, who hath given it birth? Job 38:30 Like a stone, are the waters congealed, and, the face of the roaring deep, becometh firm!
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the fetters of the Pleiades? Or, the bands of Orion, canst thou unloose? Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth the signs of the Zodiac each in its season? Or, the Bear and her Young, canst thou lead? Job 38:33 Knowest thou, the statutes of the heavens? Or didst thou appoint his dominion over the earth? Job 38:34 Canst thou lift up, to the thick cloud, thy voice, and the overflow of waters cover thee? Job 38:35 Canst thou send forth the lightnings, so that they go, and say to thee, Behold us? Job 38:36 Who hath putinto cloud-formswisdom? Or who hath givento the meteorunderstanding? Job 38:37 Who can count the thin clouds, in wisdom? And, the bottles of the heavens, who can empty out; Job 38:38 When the dust is cast into a clod, and the lumps are bound together? Job 38:39 Wilt thou huntfor the Lionessprey? Or, the craving of the Strong Lion, wilt thou satisfy; Job 38:40 When they settle down in dens, abide in covert, for lying in wait? Job 38:41 Who prepareth for the Raven his nourishment,when his young onesunto GODcry out, [when] they wander for lack of food?