Job 38:1
God Speaks Now to Job

      1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

2“Who is this that darkens counsel
         By words without knowledge?

3“Now gird up your loins like a man,
         And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
         Tell Me, if you have understanding,

5Who set its measurements? Since you know.
         Or who stretched the line on it?

6“On what were its bases sunk?
         Or who laid its cornerstone,

7When the morning stars sang together
         And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8“Or who enclosed the sea with doors
         When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;

9When I made a cloud its garment
         And thick darkness its swaddling band,

10And I placed boundaries on it
         And set a bolt and doors,

11And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
         And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

12“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
         And caused the dawn to know its place,

13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
         And the wicked be shaken out of it?

14“It is changed like clay under the seal;
         And they stand forth like a garment.

15“From the wicked their light is withheld,
         And the uplifted arm is broken.

16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea
         Or walked in the recesses of the deep?

17“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
         Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

18“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
         Tell Me, if you know all this.

19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
         And darkness, where is its place,

20That you may take it to its territory
         And that you may discern the paths to its home?

21“You know, for you were born then,
         And the number of your days is great!

22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
         Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,

23Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
         For the day of war and battle?

24“Where is the way that the light is divided,
         Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

25“Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
         Or a way for the thunderbolt,

26To bring rain on a land without people,
         On a desert without a man in it,

27To satisfy the waste and desolate land
         And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?

28“Has the rain a father?
         Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

29“From whose womb has come the ice?
         And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?

30“Water becomes hard like stone,
         And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
         Or loose the cords of Orion?

32“Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
         And guide the Bear with her satellites?

33“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
         Or fix their rule over the earth?

34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
         So that an abundance of water will cover you?

35“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
         And say to you, ‘Here we are’?

36“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
         Or given understanding to the mind?

37“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
         Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

38When the dust hardens into a mass
         And the clods stick together?

39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
         Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40When they crouch in their dens
         And lie in wait in their lair?

41“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
         When its young cry to God
         And wander about without food?

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American Standard Version
Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said :

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

English Revised Version
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

World English Bible
Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah answereth Job out of the whirlwind, and saith: --
August 11 Evening
Where is the way that light dwelleth?--JOB 38:19. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.--As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.--The Father . . . hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

May 24. "Where is the Way Where Light Dwelleth" (Job xxxviii. 19).
"Where is the way where light dwelleth" (Job xxxviii. 19). Jewels, in themselves, are valueless, unless they are brought in contact with light. If they are put in certain positions they will reflect the beauty of the sun. There is no beauty in them otherwise. The diamond that is back in its dark gallery or down in the deep mine, displays no beauty whatever. What is it but a piece of charcoal, a bit of common carbon, unless it becomes a medium for reflecting light? And so it is also with the other
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Tragic Break in the Plan.
The Jerusalem Climate: the contrasting receptions, Luke 2. the music of heaven, Job 38:6, 7. Luke 2:13, 14. pick out the choruses of Revelation, the crowning book.--the after-captivity leaders, see Ezra and Nehemiah--ideals and ideas--present leaders--Herod--the high priest--the faithful few, Luke 2:25, 38. 23:51. The Bethlehem Fog: Matthew 1 and 2. Luke 2. a foggy shadow--suspicion of Mary--a stable cradle--murder of babes--star-students--senate meeting--a troubled city-flight--Galilee. The
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

God's Restraining Power.
(New Year's Day.) TEXT: JOB xxxviii. 11. "Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed." THESE words are taken from a sublime discourse, which -- is put by the writer in the mouth of the Highest Himself, the Creator and Preserver of the world. In it He answers Job out of the whirlwind, when he had complained, though reverently and humbly, that the Lord did not allow men to find Him; that, moreover, He gave no account of His matters to them, and that therefore
Friedrich Schleiermacher—Selected Sermons of Schleiermacher

The Sabbath
Because He had rested upon the Sabbath, "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,"--set it apart to a holy use. He gave it to Adam as a day of rest. It was a memorial of the work of creation, and thus a sign of God's power and His love. The Scripture says, "He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered." "The things that are made," declare "the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world," "even His everlasting power and divinity." Gen. 2:3; Ps. 111:4; Rom. 1:20, R. V. All
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

In Joseph's Tomb
At last Jesus was at rest. The long day of shame and torture was ended. As the last rays of the setting sun ushered in the Sabbath, the Son of God lay in quietude in Joseph's tomb. His work completed, His hands folded in peace, He rested through the sacred hours of the Sabbath day. In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation. When "the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" (Gen. 2:1), the Creator and all heavenly beings
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

The Joy of the Lord.
IT is written "the joy of the Lord is your strength." Every child of God knows in some measure what it is to rejoice in the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ must ever be the sole object of the believer's joy, and as eyes and heart look upon Him, we, too, like "the strangers scattered abroad" to whom Peter wrote shall "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Pet. i:8). But it is upon our heart to meditate with our beloved readers on the joy of our adorable Lord, as his own personal joy. The
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

The Evil of Sin visible in the Fall of Angels and Men.
1 When the great Builder arch'd the skies, And form'd all nature with a word, The joyful cherubs tun'd his praise, And every bending throne ador'd. 2 High in the midst of all the throng, Satan, a tall archangel, sat, Amongst the morning stars he sung [1] Till sin destroy'd his heavenly state. 3 ['Twas sin that hurl'd him from his throne, Grov'ling in fire the rebel lies: "How art thou sunk in darkness down, "Son of the morning, from the skies!" [2] 4 And thus our two first parents stood Till sin
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs

The Old and New Creation.

John Newton—Olney Hymns

Whether it was Fitting that the Gathering Together of the Waters Should Take Place, as Recorded, on the Third Day?
Objection 1: It would seem that it was not fitting that the gathering together of the waters should take place on the third day. For what was made on the first and second days is expressly said to have been "made" in the words, "God said: Be light made," and "Let there be a firmament made."But the third day is contradistinguished from the first and the second days. Therefore the work of the third day should have been described as a making not as a gathering together. Objection 2: Further, the earth
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether this Name "Father" is Applied to God, Firstly as a Personal Name?
Objection 1: It would seem that this name "Father" is not applied to God, firstly as a personal name. For in the intellect the common precedes the particular. But this name "Father" as a personal name, belongs to the person of the Father; and taken in an essential sense it is common to the whole Trinity; for we say "Our Father" to the whole Trinity. Therefore "Father" comes first as an essential name before its personal sense. Objection 2: Further, in things of which the concept is the same there
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

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