God challengeth Job to answer.
Job 38:1 And Jehovah answereth Job out of the whirlwind, and saith: Job 38:2 Who [is] thisdarkening counsel, By words without knowledge? Job 38:3 Gird, I pray thee, as a man, thy loins, And I ask thee, and cause thou Me to know.
God, by his mighty works, convinceth Job of ignorance,
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I founded earth? Declare, if thou hast known understanding. Job 38:5 Who placed its measuresif thou knowest? Or who hath stretched out upon it a line? Job 38:6 On what have its sockets been sunk? Or who hath cast its corner-stone? Job 38:7 In the singing together of stars of morning, And all sons of God shout for joy, Job 38:8 And He shutteth up with doors the sea, In its coming forth, from the womb it goeth out. Job 38:9 In My making a cloud its clothing, And thick darkness its swaddling band, Job 38:10 And I measure over it My statute, And place bar and doors, Job 38:11 And say, 'Hitherto come thou, and add not, And a command is placed On the pride of thy billows.' Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded morning since thy days? Causest thou the dawn to know its place? Job 38:13 To take hold on the skirts of the earth, And the wicked are shaken out of it, Job 38:14 It turneth itself as clay of a seal And they station themselves as clothed. Job 38:15 And withheld from the wicked is their light, And the arm lifted up is broken. Job 38:16 Hast thou come in to springs of the sea? And in searching the deep Hast thou walked up and down? Job 38:17 Revealed to thee were the gates of death? And the gates of death-shade dost thou see? Job 38:18 Thou hast understanding, Even unto the broad places of earth! Declareif thou hast known it all. Job 38:19 Where [is] thisthe way light dwelleth? And darkness, where [is] thisits place? Job 38:20 That thou dost take it unto its boundary, And that thou dost understand The paths of its house. Job 38:21 Thou hast knownfor then thou art born And the number of thy days [are] many! Job 38:22 Hast thou come in unto the treasure of snow? Yea, the treasures of hail dost thou see? Job 38:23 That I have kept back for a time of distress, For a day of conflict and battle. Job 38:24 Where [is] this, the way light is apportioned? It scattereth an east wind over the earth. Job 38:25 Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices? Job 38:26 To cause [it] to rain on a landno man, A wildernessno man in it. Job 38:27 To satisfy a desolate and waste place, And to cause to shoot up The produce of the tender grass? Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Job 38:29 From whose belly came forth the ice? And the hoar-frost of the heavens, Who hath begotten it? Job 38:30 As a stone waters are hidden, And the face of the deep is captured.
and of imbecility.
Job 38:31 Dost thou bind sweet influences of Kimah? Or the attractions of Kesil dost thou open? Job 38:32 Dost thou bring out Mazzaroth in its season? And Aysh for her sons dost thou comfort? Job 38:33 Hast thou known the statutes of heaven? Or dost thou appoint Its dominion in the earth? Job 38:34 Dost thou lift up to the cloud thy voice, And abundance of water doth cover thee? Job 38:35 Dost thou send out lightnings, and they go And say unto thee, 'Behold us?' Job 38:36 Who hath put in the inward parts wisdom? Or who hath given To the covered part understanding? Job 38:37 Who doth number the clouds by wisdom? And the bottles of the heavens, Who doth cause to lie down, Job 38:38 In the hardening of dust into hardness, And clods cleave together? Job 38:39 Dost thou hunt for a lion prey? And the desire of young lions fulfil? Job 38:40 When they bow down in densAbide in a thicket for a covert? Job 38:41 Who doth prepare for a raven his provision, When his young ones cry unto God? They wander without food.