Job 38:1
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New International Version
Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

New Living Translation
Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:

English Standard Version
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

King James Bible
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:

International Standard Version
The LORD responded to Job from the whirlwind and said:

NET Bible
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

King James 2000 Bible
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

American King James Version
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

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: --
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:1-3 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind. It is remarked, with reason, that the special mention of Job as the person answered "implies that another speaker had intervened" (Wordsworth); while the attachment of the article to the word "whirlwind" implies some previous mention of that phenomenon, which is only to be found in the discourse of Elihu (Job 37:9). Both points have an important bearing on the genuineness of the disputed section, ch. 32- 37. And said. The question whether there was an objective utterance of human words out of the whirlwind, or only a subjective impression of the thoughts recorded on the minds of those present, is unimportant. In any case, there was a revelation direct from God, which furnished an authoritative solution of the questions debated to all who had been engaged in the debate.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind,.... As soon as Elihu had done speaking, who saw the tempest rising, and gave hints of it, Job 37:2; and hastened to finish his discourse. This was raised to give notice of the Lord being about to appear, and to display his majesty, and to command reverence and attention. The Targum calls it the whirlwind of distress, as it might be to Job; and a representation of the distressed and disturbed state and condition in which he was. The person that spoke out of it is Jehovah the Son of God, the eternal Word, who very probably appeared in an human form; there was an object seen, Job 42:5; and spoke with an articulate voice to Job;

and said; in answer to his frequent wishes and desires that the Lord would appear and take his cause in hand.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 38

Job 38:1-41.

1. Jehovah appears unexpectedly in a whirlwind (already gathering Job 37:1, 2), the symbol of "judgment" (Ps 50:3, 4, &c.), to which Job had challenged Him. He asks him now to get himself ready for the contest. Can he explain the phenomena of God's natural government? How can he, then, hope to understand the principles of His moral government? God thus confirms Elihu's sentiment, that submission to, not reasonings on, God's ways is man's part. This and the disciplinary design of trial to the godly is the great lesson of this book. He does not solve the difficulty by reference to future retribution: for this was not the immediate question; glimpses of that truth were already given in the fourteenth and nineteenth chapters, the full revelation of it being reserved for Gospel times. Yet even now we need to learn the lesson taught by Elihu and God in Job.

Job 38:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Challenges Job
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2"Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?…
Cross References
Job 26:10
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.

Job 40:6
Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
Treasury of Scripture

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

Job 37:1,2,9,14 At this also my heart trembles, and is moved out of his place…

Exodus 19:16-19 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were …

Deuteronomy 4:11,12 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain …

Deuteronomy 5:22-24 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out …

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand on the mount before the LORD. And, …

2 Kings 2:1,11 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven …

Ezekiel 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great …

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

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