Job 38:11
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New International Version
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'?

New Living Translation
I said, 'This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'

English Standard Version
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

New American Standard Bible
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

King James Bible
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when I declared: "You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here"?

International Standard Version
and said, 'You may come only this far and no more. Your majestic waves will stop here.'?

NET Bible
when I said, 'To here you may come and no farther, here your proud waves will be confined'?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when I said, 'You may come this far but no farther. Here your proud waves will stop'?

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said, Thou shalt come unto here, but no further; and there shall the pride of thy waves be stayed.

King James 2000 Bible
And said, Thus far shall you come, but no farther: and here shall your proud waves be stopped?

American King James Version
And said, Till now shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?

American Standard Version
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said : Hitherto thou shalt come, and shalt go no further, and here thou shalt break thy swelling waves.

Darby Bible Translation
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

English Revised Version
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.

World English Bible
and said, 'Here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?'

Young's Literal Translation
And say, 'Hitherto come thou, and add not, And a command is placed On the pride of thy billows.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - And said, Hitherto shalt thou corns, but no further. The law is not quite absolute. Wherever the sea washes a coast-line, there is a continual erosive action, whereby the land is, little by little, eaten away, and the line of the coast thrust back. But the action is so slow that millennia pass without any considerable effect being produced, and encroachments in some places are generally counterbalanced by retrenchment in others, so that the general contour of laud and water, with the proportion of the one to the other, remain probably very much the same at the present day as when the earth first became the habitation of man. And here shall thy proud waves be stayed. The waves of the sea "rage horribly," and every now and then topple down a rock or undermine a cliff, and seem proud of their achievements; but how little do they effect, even in thousands of years! The little islet of Psyttaleia still blocks the eastern end of the straits of Salamis. The Pharos island lies off the westernmost mouth of the Nile. Even the low, fiat Aradus, on the Syrian coast, has not been swept away. Everywhere the waves are practically "stayed," and all the menaces of the sea against the land come to nought.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And said, hitherto shalt thou come, but no further,.... The waters of the sea shall spread themselves to such and such shores, and wash them, but go no further; its rolling tides shall go up so far in rivers that go out of it, and then return, keeping exactly to time and place; this is said by Jehovah, the Word of God, and through his almighty power is tended to;

and here shall thy proud waves be stayed; so high and no higher shall they lift up themselves; so far and no farther shall they roll on, than to the boundaries fixed for them; and though they may toss up themselves as proud men toss up their heads, for which, reason pride is ascribed to them, yet they shall not prevail, Jeremiah 5:22; all this may be accommodated to the afflictions of God's people, which are sometimes compared to the waves and billows of the sea, Psalm 42:7; and these issue out of the womb of God's purposes and decrees, and are not the effects of chance; they are many, and threaten to overwhelm, but God is with his people in them, and preserves them from being overflowed by them; he has set the bounds and measures of them, beyond which they cannot go; see Isaiah 27:8; and also to the world, and to the men of it, who are like a troubled sea, Daniel 7:2; and who rise, and swell, and dash against the people of God, being separated from them who were originally mixed with them; but the Lord restrains their wrath and fury, and suffers them not to do his people any harm; whom he has placed in the munition of rocks out of their reach, that those proud waters cannot go over them as they threaten to do; see Psalm 76:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. stayed—Hebrew, "a limit shall be set to."

Job 38:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Challenges Job
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 '? 12"Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,…
Cross References
Job 38:10
when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

Job 38:12
"Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

Psalm 104:9
You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.

Psalm 124:5
the raging waters would have swept us away.
Treasury of Scripture

And said, Till now shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?

Hitherto (Thus far shall thy flux and reflux extend. The tides are marvellously limited and regulated, not only by the lunar and solar attraction, but by the quantum of time required to remove any part of the earth's surface, by its rotation round its axis, from under the immediate attractive influence of the sun and moon. Hence the attraction of the sun and moon, and the gravitation of the sea to its own centre, which prevent too great a flux on the one hand, and too great reflux on the other, are some of those bars and doors by which its proud waves are stayed, and prevented from coming farther.)

Psalm 65:6,7 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power…

Psalm 93:3,4 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their …

Proverbs 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass …

Mark 4:39-41 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be …

but

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 2:6 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Psalm 89:9 You rule the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, you still them.

Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays …

Luke 8:32,33 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: …

Revelation 20:2,3,7,8 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

thy proud waves. Heb. the pride of thy waves

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