TO THOSE WHO FANCY
DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION;
AND WHO CHOOSE NOT TO
'REMEMBER THEIR CREATOR',
AND ALSO TO THOSE WHO
IN A DAY OF TRIBULATION
BECOME DARK AND MOROSE,
AND CARE TO QUESTION GOD,
- - - - HE HIMSELF,
HAS A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK.
THE BOOK OF JOB: Chapter 38
38:1 Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
38:2 "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?
38:3 Brace yourself,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
38:4 "Where were you, when I
laid the foundations of the earth?
------ Tell me, if you know so much.
38:5 Do you know how its
dimensions were determined?
. . . And who did the surveying?
38:6 What supports its foundations,
and who laid its cornerstone
38:7 as the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
38:8 "Who defined
the boundaries of the sea
as it burst from the womb,
38:9 and as I clothed it
with clouds and thick darkness?
38:10 For I locked it behind barred gates,
limiting its shores.
38:11 I said, 'Thus far and no farther will you come.
Here your proud waves must stop!'
38:12 "Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
38:13 Have you ever told the daylight
to spread to the ends of the earth,
to bring an end to the night's wickedness?
38:14 For the features of the earth take shape
as the light approaches, and the dawn is robed in red.
38:15 The light disturbs the haunts of the wicked,
and it stops the arm that is raised in violence.
38:16 "Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?
Have you walked about and explored their depths?
38:17 Do you know where the gates of death are located?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
38:18 Do you realize the extent of the earth?
Tell me about it if you know!
38:19 "Where does the light come from,
and where does the darkness go?
38:20 Can you take it to its home?
Do you know how to get there?
38:21 But of course you know all this!
For you were born before it was all created,
and you are so very experienced!
38:22 "Have you visited the treasuries of the snow?
Have you seen where the hail is made and stored?
38:23 I have reserved it for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war.
38:24 Where is the path to the origin of light?
Where is the home of the east wind?
38:25 "Who created a channel for the torrents of rain?
Who laid out the path for the lightning?
38:26 Who makes the rain fall on barren land,
in a desert where no one lives?
38:27 Who sends the rain that satisfies the parched ground
and makes the tender grass spring up?
38:28 "Does the rain have a father?
Where does dew come from?
38:29 Who is the mother of the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?
38:30 For the water turns to ice as hard as rock,
and the surface of the water freezes.
38:31 "Can you hold back the movements of the stars?
Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion?
38:32 Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons
or guide the constellation of the Bear
with her cubs across the heavens?
38:33 Do you know the laws of the universe
and how God rules the earth?
38:34 "Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain?
38:35 Can you make lightning appear
and cause it to strike as you direct it?
38:36 Who gives intuition and instinct?
38:37 Who is wise enough to count all the clouds?
Who can tilt the water jars of heaven,
38:38 turning the dry dust to clumps of mud?
38:39 "Can you stalk prey for a lioness
and satisfy the young lions' appetites
38:40 as they lie in their dens
or crouch in the thicket?
38:41 Who provides food for the ravens
when their young cry out to God
as they wander about in hunger?
39:1 "Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Have you watched as the wild deer are born?
39:2 Do you know how many months they carry their young?
Are you aware of the time of their delivery?
39:3 They crouch down to give birth to their young
and deliver their offspring.
39:4 Their young grow up in the open fields,
then leave their parents and never return.
39:5 "Who makes the wild donkey wild?
39:6 I have placed it in the wilderness;
its home is the wasteland.
39:7 It hates the noise of the city,
and it has no driver to shout at it.
39:8 The mountains are its pastureland,
where it searches for every blade of grass.
39:9 "Will the wild ox consent to being tamed?
Will it stay in your stall?
39:10 Can you hitch a wild ox to a plow?
Will it plow a field for you?
39:11 Since it is so strong, can you trust it?
Can you go away and trust the ox to do your work?
39:12 Can you rely on it to return,
bringing your grain to the threshing floor?
39:13 "The ostrich flaps her wings grandly,
but they are no match for the feathers of the stork.
39:14 She lays her eggs on top of the earth,
letting them be warmed in the dust.
39:15 She doesn't worry that a foot might crush them
or that wild animals might destroy them.
39:16 She is harsh toward her young,
as if they were not her own.
She is unconcerned though they die,
39:17 for God has deprived her of wisdom.
He has given her no understanding.
39:18 But whenever she jumps up to run,
she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.
39:19 "Have you given the horse its strength
or clothed its neck with a flowing mane?
39:20 Did you give it the ability to leap forward like a locust?
Its majestic snorting is something to hear!
39:21 It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength.
When it charges to war,
39:22 it is unafraid.
It does not run from the sword.
39:23 The arrows rattle against it,
and the spear and javelin flash.
39:24 Fiercely it paws the ground
and rushes forward into battle
when the trumpet blows.
39:25 It snorts at the sound of the bugle.
It senses the battle even at a distance.
It quivers at the noise of battle
and the shout of the captain's commands.
39:26 "Are you the one who makes the hawk soar
and spread its wings to the south?
39:27 Is it at your command that the eagle rises to the heights
to make its nest?
39:28 It lives on the cliffs,
making its home on a distant, rocky crag.
39:29 From there it hunts its prey,
keeping watch with piercing eyes.
39:30 Its nestlings gulp down blood,
for it feeds on the carcass of the slaughtered."
40:1 Then the LORD said to Job,
40:2 "Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?
You are God's critic,
but do you have the answers?"
40:3 Then Job replied to the LORD,
40:4 "I am nothing
– how could I ever find the answers?
I will put my hand over my mouth in silence.
40:5 I have said too much already.
I have nothing more to say."