Job 38:13
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New International Version
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

New Living Translation
Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night's wickedness?

English Standard Version
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

New American Standard Bible
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

King James Bible
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?

International Standard Version
where it seizes the edge of the earth and shakes the wicked out of it?

NET Bible
that it might seize the corners of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that it could grab the earth by its edges and shake wicked people out of it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

King James 2000 Bible
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

American King James Version
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And didst thou hold the extremities of the earth shaking them, and hast thou shaken the ungodly out of it?

Darby Bible Translation
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked might be shaken out of it?

English Revised Version
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Webster's Bible Translation
That it might take hold of the ends of earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

World English Bible
that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?

Young's Literal Translation
To take hold on the skirts of the earth, And the wicked are shaken out of it,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? The idea seems to he that the dawn, suddenly appearing, seizes hold of all the ends of the earth "at one rush" (Canon Cook), and lights up the whole terrestrial region. The wicked, lovers of darkness, are taken by surprise, and receive a shock from which they recover with difficulty (comp. Job 24:16, 17). That they are "shaken from the earth" must be regarded as Oriental hyperbole.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,.... As when the morning light springs forth, it quickly does, reaching in a short time the extreme part of the hemisphere; which, and what goes before, may be applied to the light of the Gospel, and the direction of that under divine Providence in the several parts of the world, and unto the ends of it; see Psalm 19:4;

that the wicked might be shaken out of it? the earth, by means of the light; which may be understood either of wicked men who have been all night upon works of darkness, and be take themselves on the approach of light to private lurking places, like beasts of prey, so that the earth seems to be, as it were, clear of them; or of their being taken up in the morning for deeds done in the night, and brought to justice, which used to be exercised in mornings, Jeremiah 21:12; and so the earth rid of them: thus wicked men shun the light, of the Gospel, and are condemned by it; and in the latter day light and glory they will cease from the earth; see John 3:19.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. take hold of the ends, &c.—spread itself over the earth to its utmost bounds in a moment.

wicked—who hate the light, and do their evil works in the dark (Job 24:13).

shaken out of it—The corners (Hebrew, "wings" or "skirts") of it, as of a garment, are taken hold of by the dayspring, so as to shake off the wicked.

Job 38:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Challenges Job
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.…
Cross References
Job 28:24
for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.

Job 34:25
Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

Job 34:26
He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,

Job 36:6
He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.

Job 37:3
He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.

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

Job 38:14
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Psalm 19:4-6 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to …

Psalm 139:9-12 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts …

ends. Heb. wings

Job 37:3 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends …

the wicked

Job 24:13-17 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the …

Exodus 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned …

Psalm 104:21,22,35 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God…

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