Job 38:3
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New International Version
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

New Living Translation
Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

English Standard Version
Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

New American Standard Bible
"Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

King James Bible
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me.

International Standard Version
Stand up like a man! I'll ask you some questions, and you give me some answers!"

NET Bible
Get ready for a difficult task like a man; I will question you and you will inform me!

New Heart English Bible
Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brace yourself like a man! I will ask you, and you will teach me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

New American Standard 1977
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
            And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now gird up thy loins like a man; for I will enquire of thee, and answer thou me.

King James 2000 Bible
Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and you answer me.

American King James Version
Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

American Standard Version
Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Gird up thy loins like a man : I will ask thee, and answer thou me.

Darby Bible Translation
Gird up now thy loins like a man; and I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.

English Revised Version
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

World English Bible
Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me!

Young's Literal Translation
Gird, I pray thee, as a man, thy loins, And I ask thee, and cause thou Me to know.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
2"Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3"Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,…
Cross References
Job 40:7
"Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me.

Job 42:4
'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.'

Proverbs 31:17
She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

Jeremiah 1:17
"Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.
Treasury of Scripture

Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Gird

Job 40:7 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

Exodus 12:11 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on …

1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, …

Jeremiah 1:17 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all …

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

for

Job 13:15,22 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my …

Job 23:3-7 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!…

Job 31:35-37 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty …

answer thou me. Heb. make me know

Verse 3. - Gird up now thy loins like a man. Job had desired to contend with God, to plead with him, and argue out his case (Job 9:32-35; Job 13:3, 18-22; Job 23:4-7; Job 31:35). God now offers to grant his request, and bids him stand forth "as a man'" and "gird himself" for the contest, which he has challenged. For I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. He will begin with interrogatories which Job must answer; then Job will be entitled to put questions to him. Job, however, on the opportunity being given him, shrinks back, and says, "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken: but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further" (Job 40:4, 5). The confident boldness which he felt when God seemed far off disappears in his presence, and is replaced by diffidence and distrust. Gird up now thy loins like a man,.... Like a man of valour that girds on his harness for battle: Job is bid to prepare for the controversy the Lord was entering into with him; and bring forth his strong reasons and most powerful arguments in his own defence. The allusion is to the custom in the eastern countries, where they wore long garments, to gird them about their loins, when they engaged in work or war. Job had blustered what he would do, and now he is dared to it; see Job 23:4;

for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me; put questions to him, to which he required a direct and positive answer. Jehovah takes the part of the opponent in this dispute, and gives that of the respondent to Job; since Job himself had put it to his option which to take, Job 13:22. 3. a man—hero, ready for battle (1Co 16:13), as he had wished (Job 9:35; 13:22; 31:37). The robe, usually worn flowing, was girt up by a girdle when men ran, labored, or fought (1Pe 1:13).38:1-3 Job had silenced, but had not convinced his friends. Elihu had silenced Job, but had not brought him to admit his guilt before God. It pleased the Lord to interpose. The Lord, in this discourse, humbles Job, and brings him to repent of his passionate expressions concerning God's providential dealings with him; and this he does, by calling upon Job to compare God's being from everlasting to everlasting, with his own time; God's knowledge of all things, with his own ignorance; and God's almighty power, with his own weakness. Our darkening the counsels of God's wisdom with our folly, is a great provocation to God. Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and best into the will of the Lord.
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