Job 38:18
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New International Version
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

New Living Translation
Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know!

English Standard Version
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.

New American Standard Bible
"Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

King James Bible
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

International Standard Version
Do you understand the breadth of the earth? Tell me, since you know it all!

NET Bible
Have you considered the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know it all!

New Heart English Bible
Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have you [even] considered how wide the earth is? Tell me, if you know all of this!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hast thou surveyed unto the breadths of the earth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

New American Standard 1977
“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
            Tell Me, if you know all this.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all.

King James 2000 Bible
Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.

American King James Version
Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.

American Standard Version
Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou considered the breadth of the earth? tell me, if thou knowest all things?

Darby Bible Translation
Hath thine understanding compassed the breadths of the earth? Declare if thou knowest it all.

English Revised Version
Hast thou comprehended the breadth of the earth? declare, if thou knowest it all.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

World English Bible
Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast understanding, Even unto the broad places of earth! Declare -- if thou hast known it all.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
17"Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18"Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. 19"Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,…
Cross References
Job 28:24
"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.

Job 38:19
"Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
Treasury of Scripture

Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.

Psalm 74:17 You have set all the borders of the earth: you have made summer and winter.

Psalm 89:11,12 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours: as for the world …

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, …

Jeremiah 31:37 Thus said the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations …

Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp …

(18) Perceived.--Or rather, perhaps, comprehended.

The breadth of the earth.--The earth being conceived of as a vast plain (comp. Job 38:13). Unscientific as all this language is, it is not a little remarkable that the majestic sublimity of it is not one whit affected thereby.

Verse 18. - Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? literally, the breadths; i.e. the dimensions generally. The exact dimensions are probably not even yet known. Job can scarcely have had any conception of them. To him the earth was probably a vast plain, extended, he knew not how far, in all directions. Declare if thou knowest it all (comp. vers. 4, 5, and 21). Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth?.... Which may be put for all the dimensions of it, length, breadth, diameter, and circumference, but especially it regards the surface of it, and the measurement of that; hast thou gone over the whole face of the earth and measured it, all its parts, its hills and dales, rocks and mountains, and took a survey of all the cities, towns and villages, woods, forests, fountains, rivers, &c? no; if a man lived as long as Methuselah, and spent all his days in this way, he could never be able to do it; and some parts are inaccessible, and not to be measured by the most skilful geometer;

declare, if thou knowest it all; the whole earth and every part of it, and all that is in it. Whether the other hemisphere and the antipodes were known in Job's time is a question; however not America, or the new world, which is a late discovery; and even now, in our most exact maps of the world, some parts are marked with "terra incognita", the unknown land. 18. Hast thou—as God doth (Job 28:24).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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