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1 Then the Lord answered Iob out of the whirlewind, and sayd,

2 Who is this that darkneth counsell by words without knowledge?

3 Gird vp nowe thy loines like a man; for I will demaund of thee, and answere thou me.

4 Where wast thou when I layd the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast vnderstanding.

5 Who hath layd the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line vpon it?

6 Wherepuon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who layd the corner stone thereof?

7 When the morning starres sang together, and all the sonnes of God shouted for ioy.

8 Or who shut vp the sea with doores, when it brake foorth as if it had issued out of the wombe?

9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thicke darknesse a swadling band for it,

10 And brake vp for it my decreed place, and set barres and doores,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and heere shall thy proud waues be stayed.

12 Hast thou commaunded the morning since thy daies? and caused the day-spring to know his place,

13 That it might take hold of the endes of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

14 It is turned as clay to the seale, and they stand as a garment.

15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arme shalbe broken.

16 Hast thou entred into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

17 Haue the gates of death bene opened vnto thee? or hast thou seene the doores of the shadow of death?

18 Hast thou perceiued the breadth of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all.

19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? And as for darknesse, where is the place thereof?

20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the pathes to the house thereof.

21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then borne? or because the number of thy daies is great?

22 Hast thou entred into the treasures of the snowe? or hast thou seene the treasures of the haile,

23 Which I haue reserued against the time of trouble, against the day of battaile and warre?

24 By what way is the light parted? which scattereth the East wind vpon the earth.

25 Who hath diuided a water-course for the ouerflowing of waters? or a way for the lightning of thunder,

26 To cause it to raine on the earth, where no man is: on the wildernesse wherein there is no man?

27 To satisfie the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herbe to spring forth.

28 Hath the raine a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29 Out of whose wombe came the yce? and the hoary frost of heauen, who hath gendred it?

30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deepe is frozen.

31 Canst thou bind the sweete influences of Pleiades? or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season, or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sonnes?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heauen? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

34 Canst thou lift vp thy voice to the cloudes, that abundance of waters may couer thee?

35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may goe, and say vnto thee, Here we are?

36 Who hath put wisedome in the inward parts? or who hath giuen vnderstanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the cloudes in wisedome? or who can stay the bottles of heauen,

38 When the dust groweeh into hardnesse, and the clods cleaue fast together?

39 Wilt thou hunt the pray for the lyon? or fill the appetite of the young lyons,

40 When they couch in their dennes, and abide in the couert to lie in waite?

41 Who prouideth for the rauen his foode? when his young ones cry vnto God, they wander for lacke of meate.

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Commentary for Job 38

God calls upon Job to answer. (1-3) God questions Job. (4-11) Concerning the light and darkness. (12-24) Concerning other mighty works. (25-41)1-3 Job had silenced, but had not convinced his friends. Elihu had silenced Job, but had not brought him to admit his guilt before God. It pleased the Lord to interpose. The Lord, in this discourse, humbles Job, and brings him to repent of his passionate expressions concerning God's providential dealings with him; and this he does, by calling upon Job to compare God's being from everlasting to everlasting, with his own time; God's knowledge of all things, with his own ignorance; and God's almighty power, with his own weakness. Our darkening the counsels of God's wisdom with our folly, is a great provocation to God. Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and best into the will of the Lord.

4-11 For the humbling of Job, God here shows him his ignorance, even concerning the earth and the sea. As we cannot find fault with God's work, so we need not fear concerning it. The works of his providence, as well as the work of creation, never can be broken; and the work of redemption is no less firm, of which Christ himself is both the Foundation and the Corner-stone. The church stands as firm as the earth.

12-24 The Lord questions Job, to convince him of his ignorance, and shame him for his folly in prescribing to God. If we thus try ourselves, we shall soon be brought to own that what we know is nothing in comparison with what we know not. By the tender mercy of our God, the Day-spring from on high has visited us, to give light to those that sit in darkness, whose hearts are turned to it as clay to the seal, #2Co 4:6|. God's way in the government of the world is said to be in the sea; this means, that it is hid from us. Let us make sure that the gates of heaven shall be opened to us on the other side of death, and then we need not fear the opening of the gates of death. It is presumptuous for us, who perceive not the breadth of the earth, to dive into the depth of God's counsels. We should neither in the brightest noon count upon perpetual day, nor in the darkest midnight despair of the return of the morning; and this applies to our inward as well as to our outward condition. What folly it is to strive against God! How much is it our interest to seek peace with him, and to keep in his love!

25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 38

  • Ed
    Compare Job 38:22-23 with Revelation 16:21.
  • Steve morrow
    JOB 38:1 then THE LORD answered job out of the whirlwind and said --38:2-- WHO IS THIS THAT DARKENETH COUNSEL BY WORDS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE
    JEREMIAH 23:22 but if they had stood in MY counsel and had caused MY people to hear MY words then they should have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings
  • Mike
    Like any time you read God's Word always pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you to what is needed for today. Job has come to the point where his so called friends have persuaded him that all this death and sickness is because he has sinned against God. But before Job is about to say the unthinkable, look what it says in 38:1 "Then the Lord answered Job". Never assume that Lord forsakes His own
  • Bruce
    If Called,Washed in His Blood, You will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost (Mark 1:8)
    If Anyone be in Christ, He is a New Creature---- All Things Will Become New (2Corinthians 5:17) You Will Know, Impossible not to. / Just by Prayer, Reading His Word ( No Other Books, Commentaries, TV, Internet. Just The KJV ) Telling Others The Way of Salvation and what He has Done in Your Life / It will Take time.
  • Aklha
    I am new to the TRUTH yet i a have always believed in THE MOST HIGH. I read but I do not understand what it is I am reading and I ask that my ELOHIM will guide me and help to understand. Can someone please explain what this means, so that I may get understanding? Thank you
  • Steve morrow
    ***JOB 38:2 WHO IS THIS THAT DARKENETH COUNSEL BY WORDS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE***
    PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE PROVERBS 21:16 the man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead 2 TIMOTHY 2:7 consider what I say and THE LORD give thee understanding *** IN ALL THINGS ***

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