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 answer thou 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 hath laid the measures of it, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Job 38:6 Upon what are the foundations of it fastened? or who laid its corner stone; 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 broke forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb? Job 38:9 When I made a cloud its garment, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, Job 38:10 And broke up for it my decreed [place], 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; [and] caused the day-spring to know its place; Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? Job 38:14 It is turned as clay [to] the seal; and they stand as a garment. Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened to thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shades of death? Job 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Job 38:19 Where [is] the way [where] light dwelleth? and [as for] darkness, where [is] its place, Job 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to its bound, and that thou shouldest know the paths [to] its house? Job 38:21 Knowest thou [it], because thou wast then born? or [because] the number of thy days [is] great? Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures 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, [which] scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Job 38:25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; Job 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is]; [on] the wilderness in which [there is] no man; Job 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of the 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 hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with its sons? Job 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set its dominion on the earth? Job 38:34 Canst thou lift thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Job 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say to thee, Here we [are]? Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? Job 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, Job 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? Job 38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill 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 to God, they wander for want of food.