Job 38 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 38


Job 38:1

Then Jehovah 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 declare thou unto me.

Job 38:4

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.

Job 38:5

Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:6

Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,

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 brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb;

Job 38:9

When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,

Job 38:10

And marked out for it my bound, 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 [began], [And] caused the dayspring to know its place;

Job 38:13

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:14

It is changed as clay under the seal; And [all things] stand forth as a garment:

Job 38:15

And from the wicked their light is withholden, And the high arm is broken.

Job 38:16

Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

Job 38:17

Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

Job 38:18

Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

Job 38:19

Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

Job 38:20

That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

Job 38:21

[Doubtless], thou knowest, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!

Job 38:22

Hast thou entered the treasuries 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, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

Job 38:25

Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;

Job 38:26

To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

Job 38:27

To satisfy the waste and desolate [ground], And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

Job 38:28

Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of 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 hide themselves [and become] like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen.

Job 38:31

Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

Job 38:32

Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?

Job 38:33

Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

Job 38:34

Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

Job 38:35

Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto thee, Here we are?

Job 38:36

Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?

Job 38:37

Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Job 38:38

When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

Job 38:39

Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy 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 prey, When his young ones cry unto God, [And] wander for lack of food?

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