Job 38:10
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New International Version
when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

New Living Translation
For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores.

English Standard Version
and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,

New American Standard Bible
And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,

King James Bible
And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when I determined its boundaries and put its bars and doors in place,

International Standard Version
when I proscribed a boundary for it, set in place bars and doors for it;

NET Bible
when I prescribed its limits, and set in place its bolts and doors,

New Heart English Bible
marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when I set a limit for it and put up bars and gates,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And prescribed for it My decree, And set bars and doors,

New American Standard 1977
And I placed boundaries on it,
            And I set a bolt and doors,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and established my decree upon it, and set bars and doors,

King James 2000 Bible
And prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors,

American King James Version
And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

American Standard Version
And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I set my bounds around it, and made it bars and doors :

Darby Bible Translation
When I cut out for it my boundary, and set bars and doors,

English Revised Version
And prescribed for it my decree, and set bars and doors,

Webster's Bible Translation
And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

World English Bible
marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,

Young's Literal Translation
And I measure over it My statute, And place bar and doors,
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
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 '?…
Cross References
Genesis 1:9
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.

Job 38:9
When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,

Job 38:11
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

Psalm 33:7
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses.

Psalm 104:9
You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.

Proverbs 8:29
When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

Jeremiah 5:22
'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
Treasury of Scripture

And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

brake up for it my decreed place. or, established my decree upon it

Job 26:10 He has compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

Genesis 1:9,10 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together …

Genesis 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and …

Psalm 104:9 You have set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn …

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…

(10) And brake up for it my decreed place.--Rather, And prescribed for it my decree: that is to say, determined the boundaries of its abode. When we bear in mind the vast forces and unstable nature of the sea, it seems a marvel that it acknowledges any limits, and is held in restraint by them.

Verse 10. - And brake up for it my decreed place; rather, as in the margin, and established my decree upon it; or, as in the Revised Version, and prescribed for it my decree. The decree itself is given in ver. 11. And set bars and doors (see above, ver. 8, where the imagery of "doors" has been already introduced). As Professor Lee observes, "The term דְּלָתַיִם contains a metaphor taken from the large folding-doors of a city, which are usually set up for the purpose of stepping the progress of an invading enemy, and are hence supplied with bolts and bars" ('Book of Job,' p. 490). Representations of such folding-doors are common in the Assyrian sculptures; and in one instance the doors themselves, or, to speak more exactly, their outer bronze easing, has been recovered (see a paper in the 'Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology,' on the Bronze Gates discovered by Mr. Rassam at Balawat, vol. 7. pp. 85-115). These gates were twenty-two feet high and six feet broad each. And brake up for it my decreed place,.... Or, as Mr. Broughton translates it, "and brake the earth for it by my decree": made a vast chasm in the earth to hold the waters of the sea, which was provided as a sort of cradle to put this swaddled infant in; God cleaved the earth, raised the hills and sank the valleys, which became as channels to convey the waters that ran off the earth to their appointed place, which beautifully expressed in Psalm 104:7; and refers there, as here, to the work of creation on the second day, Genesis 1:9 (h);

and set bars and doors; to keep it in its decreed appointed place, that the waters might not go over the earth; these are the shores, as the Targum, the cliffs and rocks upon them, the boundaries of the sea; to which may be added, and what is amazing, the sand upon the seashore is such a boundary to it that it cannot pass, Jeremiah 5:22; but these would be insufficient was it not for the power and will of God, next expressed.

(h) Or determined, that is, appointed for it its convenient, proper, and fixed place; so David de Pomis, Lexic. fol. 203. 1.10. brake up for—that is, appointed it. Shores are generally broken and abrupt cliffs. The Greek for "shore" means "a broken place." I broke off or measured off for it my limit, that is, the limit which I thought fit (Job 26:10).38:4-11 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.
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