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Then the Lord answered Iob out of the whirlewind, and sayd,
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Who is this that darkneth counsell by words without knowledge?
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Gird vp nowe thy loines like a man;
for I will demaund of thee, and answere thou me.
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Where wast thou when I layd the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast vnderstanding.
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Who hath layd the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
Or who hath stretched the line vpon it?
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Wherepuon are the foundations thereof fastened?
Or who layd the corner stone thereof?
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When the morning starres sang together, and all the sonnes of God shouted for ioy.
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Or who shut vp the sea with doores, when it brake foorth as if it had issued out of the wombe?
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When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thicke darknesse a swadling band for it,
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And brake vp for it my decreed place, and set barres and doores,
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And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and heere shall thy proud waues be stayed.
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Hast thou commaunded the morning since thy daies?
And caused the day-spring to know his place,
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That it might take hold of the endes of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
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It is turned as clay to the seale, and they stand as a garment.
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And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arme shalbe broken.
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Hast thou entred into the springs of the sea?
Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
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Haue the gates of death bene opened vnto thee?
Or hast thou seene the doores of the shadow of death?
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Hast thou perceiued the breadth of the earth?
Declare if thou knowest it all.
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Where is the way where light dwelleth?
And as for darknesse, where is the place thereof?
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That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the pathes to the house thereof.
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Knowest thou it, because thou wast then borne?
Or because the number of thy daies is great?
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Hast thou entred into the treasures of the snowe?
Or hast thou seene the treasures of the haile,
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Which I haue reserued against the time of trouble, against the day of battaile and warre?
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By what way is the light parted?
Which scattereth the East wind vpon the earth.
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Who hath diuided a water-course for the ouerflowing of waters?
Or a way for the lightning of thunder,
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To cause it to raine on the earth, where no man is: on the wildernesse wherein there is no man?
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To satisfie the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herbe to spring forth.
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Hath the raine a father?
Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
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Out of whose wombe came the yce?
And the hoary frost of heauen, who hath gendred it?
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The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deepe is frozen.
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Canst thou bind the sweete influences of Pleiades?
Or loose the bands of Orion?
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Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season, or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sonnes?
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Knowest thou the ordinances of heauen?
Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
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Canst thou lift vp thy voice to the cloudes, that abundance of waters may couer thee?
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Canst thou send lightnings, that they may goe, and say vnto thee, Here we are?
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Who hath put wisedome in the inward parts?
Or who hath giuen vnderstanding to the heart?
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Who can number the cloudes in wisedome?
Or who can stay the bottles of heauen,
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When the dust groweeh into hardnesse, and the clods cleaue fast together?
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Wilt thou hunt the pray for the lyon?
Or fill the appetite of the young lyons,
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When they couch in their dennes, and abide in the couert to lie in waite?
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Who prouideth for the rauen his foode?
when his young ones cry vnto God, they wander for lacke of meate.