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

New Living Translation
"Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?

English Standard Version
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,

New American Standard Bible
"Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,

King James Bible
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place,

International Standard Version
"Have you ever commanded the morning at any time during your life? Do you know where the dawn lives,

NET Bible
Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, or made the dawn know its place,

New Heart English Bible
"Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Have you ever given orders to the morning or assigned a place for the dawn

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began, And caused the dayspring to know its place;

New American Standard 1977
“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
            And caused the dawn to know its place;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days? Hast thou shown the dayspring its place,

King James 2000 Bible
Have you commanded the morning since your days began; and caused the dawn to know its place;

American King James Version
Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

American Standard Version
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began , And caused the dayspring to know its place;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Didst thou since thy birth command the morning, and shew the dawning of the day its place?

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou since thy days commanded the morning? hast thou caused the dawn to know its place,

English Revised Version
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days began, and caused the dayspring to know its place;

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the day-spring to know its place;

World English Bible
"Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;

Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou commanded morning since thy days? Causest thou the dawn to know its place?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
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, 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?…
Cross References
Job 38:11
And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?

Job 38:13
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

Amos 5:8
He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.
Treasury of Scripture

Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

commanded

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And …

Psalm 74:16 The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the …

Psalm 136:7,8 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endures for ever…

Psalm 148:3-5 Praise you him, sun and moon: praise him, all you stars of light…

since

Job 38:4,21 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days …

Job 15:7 Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?

the dayspring

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on …

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

(12) And caused the dayspring to know his place.--Changing, as it does, from day to day with the changing seasons.

Verse 12. - Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days? rather, by reason of ray length of days - a similar irony to that observable in vers. 5, 21, etc. The third marvel of creation brought before us is the dawn, or daybreak - that standing miracle of combined utility and beauty. Has Job authority to issue his orders to the dawn, and tell it when to make its appearance? Has he caused the dayspring to know his place? Job cannot possibly pretend to any such power. Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days;.... Job had lived to see many a morning, but it never was in his power to command one; he had been in such circumstances as to wish for morning light before it was, but was obliged to wait for it, could not hasten it, or cause it to spring before its time; see Job 7:3; one of the Targums is,

"wast thou in the days of the first creation, and commandedst the morning to be?''

he was not, God was; he was before the first morning, and commanded it into being, Genesis 1:3;

and caused the dayspring to know his place; the first spring of light or dawn of day; which though it has a different place every day in the year, as the sun ascends or descends in the signs of the Zodiac, yet it knows and observes its exact place, being taught of God. 12-15. Passing from creation to phenomena in the existing inanimate world.

Hast thou—as God daily does.

commanded the morning—to rise.

since thy days—since thou hast come into being.

his place—It varies in its place of rising from day to day, and yet it has its place each day according to fixed laws.38:12-24 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!
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