Job 38:32
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New International Version
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

New Living Translation
Can you direct the sequence of the seasons or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?

English Standard Version
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?

King James Bible
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you bring out the constellations in their season and lead the Bear and her cubs?

International Standard Version
Can you bring out constellations in their season? Can you guide the Bear with her cubs?

NET Bible
Can you lead out the constellations in their seasons, or guide the Bear with its cubs?

New Heart English Bible
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or can you lead Aysh with her children?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you bring out the constellations at the right time or guide Ursa Major with its cubs?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her sons?

New American Standard 1977
“Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
            And guide the Bear with her satellites?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Canst thou bring forth the signs of the heavens in their season, or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

King James 2000 Bible
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? or can you guide Arcturus with its children?

American King James Version
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?

American Standard Version
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Canst thou bring forth the day star in its time, and make the evening star to rise upon the children of the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
Dost thou bring forth the constellations each in its season? or dost thou guide the Bear with her sons?

English Revised Version
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with its sons?

World English Bible
Can you lead forth the constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou bring out Mazzaroth in its season? And Aysh for her sons dost thou comfort?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
31"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? 32"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites? 33"Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?…
Cross References
Job 9:9
Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;

Job 38:31
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

Job 38:33
"Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?
Treasury of Scripture

Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?

Mazzaroth. or, the twelve signs. Probably the same as mazzaloth

2 Kings 23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had …

guide Arcturus. Heb. guide them

Job 9:9 Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

(32) Mazzaroth is commonly understood to mean the signs of the Zodiac, and by the children of Arc-turus the three stars in the tail of Ursa Major.

Verse 32. - Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? The context implies that "Mazzaroth' is a constellation on a par with the Pleiades, Orion, and the Bear (Kimah, Kesil and 'Aish). This makes it impossible to accept the meaning, so generally assigned, of "the twelve signs of the Zodiac." Again, the plural form is fatal to the conjecture that "Mazzaroth" designates a single star or planet, as Jupiter, Venus, or Sirius (Cook). The word is derived probably from the root zahar, "to shine," "to be bright," and should designate some especially brilliant cluster of stars Whether it is to be regarded as a variant of Mazzaloth (2 Kings 23:5) is uncertain. Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? (On the identity of 'Ash or 'Aish with the Great Bear, see the comment on Job 9:9.) The "sons" of 'Aish are conjectured to be the three large stars in the tail of Ursa Major (Stanley Leathes); but the grounds on which the conjecture rests are very slight. Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?.... Which are thought to be the same with "the chambers of the south", Job 9:9; the southern pole (m) with its stars, signified by chambers, because hidden from our sight in this part of the globe; and here by Mazzaroth, from, "nazar", to separate, because separated and at a distance from us; some think (n) the twelve signs of the Zodiac are meant, each of which are brought forth in their season, not by men, but by the Lord; see Isaiah 40:26;

or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? a constellation of many stars called its sons, of which see Job 9:9. Schmidt conjectures that Jupiter and his satellites are meant; but rather what we call the greater and lesser Bear, in the tail of which is the north pole star, the guide of mariners, said (o) to be found out by Thales, by which the Phoenicians sailed, but is not to be guided by men; this, constellation is fancied to be in the form of a wain or wagon, and is called Charles's wain; could this be admitted, there might be thought to be an allusion to it (p), and the sense be, canst thou guide and lead this constellation, as a wagon or team of horses can be guided and led? stars have their courses, Judges 5:20; but are not steered, guided, and directed by men, but by the Lord himself.

(m) David de Pomis, Lexic. fol. 77. 3.((n) Vatablus, Codurcus, Schultens; so Suidas in voce (o) Callimachus apud Laert. Vit. Thalet. p. 16. (p) Vid. Hinckelman. Praefat. ad Alkoran. p. 29, 30. 32. Canst thou bring forth from their places or houses (Mazzaloth, 2Ki 23:5, Margin; to which Mazzaroth here is equivalent) into the sky the signs of the Zodiac at their respective seasons—the twelve lodgings in which the sun successively stays, or appears, in the sky?

Arcturus—Ursa Major.

his sons?—the three stars in his tail. Canst thou make them appear in the sky? (Job 9:9). The great and less Bear are called by the Arabs "Daughters of the Bier," the quadrangle being the bier, the three others the mourners.38:25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.
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