- Then aunswered the Lorde vnto Iob out of the whirle winde, and saide:
- What is he that darkeneth his counsaile by wordes without knowledge?
- Girde vp thy loynes lyke a man: for I wyl question with thee, see thou geue me a direct aunswere.
- Where wast thou when I layed the foundations of the earth?
Tell playnely, if thou hast vnderstanding.
- Who hath measured it, knowest thou?
or who hath spread the lyne vpon it?
- Whereupon are the foundations set?
or who layed the corner stone thereof?
- Where wast thou when the morning starres praysed me together, and all the children of God reioyced triumphantly?
- Who shut the sea with doores, when it brake foorth as out of the wombe?
- When I made the cloudes [to be] a covering for it, and swadled it with the darke:
- When I gaue it my commaundement, making doores and barres for it,
- Saying, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shalt thou laye downe thy proude and hie waues.
- Hast thou geue the morning his charge since thy dayes, and shewed the day spring his place,
- That it might take holde of the corners of the earth, and that the vngodly might be shaken out of it.
- They are fashioned as is the clay with the seale, and all stand vp as a garment.
- The vngodly shall be disapointed of their light, and the arme of the proude shalbe broken.
- Camest thou euer into the grounde of the sea, or walkedst in the lowe corners of the deepe?
- Haue the gates of death ben opened vnto thee?
or hast thou seene the doores of the shadowe of death?
- Hast thou also perceaued how brode the earth is?
If thou hast knowledge of all this:
- Then shewe me the way where light dwelleth, & where is the place of darkenesse?
- That thou shouldest receaue it in the boundes thereof, and know the pathes to their houses.
- Knewest thou afore thou wast borne how olde thou shouldest be?
- Wentest thou euer into the treasures of the snow, or hast thou seene the secrete places of the hayle,
- Which I haue prepared against the time of trouble, against the time of battaile and warre?
- By what way is the light parted?
and into what land breaketh the east winde?
- Who deuideth the waters into diuers chanels?
or who maketh a way for the lightening and thunder,
- To cause it to rayne on the earth where no man is, and in the wildernesse where none inhabiteth?
- To satisfie the desolate and waste grounde, and to cause the budde of the hearbe to spring foorth.
- Who is the father of the rayne?
or who hath begotten the droppes of the deawe?
- Out of whose wombe came the yce?
Who hath gendred the coldnesse of the ayre?
- That the waters are hidde as [with] a stone, and lye congealed aboue the deepe.
- Wylt thou hinder the sweete influences of the seuen starres?
or loose the bandes of Orion?
- Canst thou bring foorth Mazzaroth in their time?
canst thou also guide Arctutus with his sonnes?
- Knowest thou the course of heauen, that thou mayest set vp the ordinaunce thereof vpon the earth?
- Moreouer, canst thou lift vp thy voyce to the cloudes, that they may powre downe a great rayne vpon thee?
- Canst thou send the lightninges also, that they may go their way, and be obedient vnto thee, saying, Lo here are we?
- Who hath put wysdome in the reynes?
or who hath geuen the heart vnderstanding?
- Who numbreth the cloudes in wysdome?
who stilleth the vehement waters of the heauen?
- To cause the earth to grow into hardnesse, & the clots to cleaue fast together?
- Wylt thou hunt the pray for the lion?
or fill the appetite of the lions whelpes,
- When they couche in their places, and tarie in the couert to lye in wayte?
- Who prouideth meate for the rauen, when his young ones crye vnto God, and flee about for lacke of meate?