Job 38:33
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New International Version
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth?

New Living Translation
Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?

English Standard Version
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?

New American Standard Bible
"Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?

King James Bible
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose its authority on earth?

International Standard Version
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you regulate their authority over the earth?

NET Bible
Do you know the laws of the heavens, or can you set up their rule over the earth?

New Heart English Bible
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do you know the laws of the sky or make them rule the earth?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

New American Standard 1977
“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
            Or fix their rule over the earth?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Dost thou know the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou use its power in the earth?

King James 2000 Bible
Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set their dominion in the earth?

American King James Version
Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?

American Standard Version
Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost thou know the order of heaven, and canst thou set down the reason thereof on the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? dost thou determine their rule over the earth?

English Revised Version
Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

Webster's Bible Translation
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set its dominion on the earth?

World English Bible
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?

Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou known the statutes of heaven? Or dost thou appoint Its dominion in the earth?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
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? 34"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?…
Cross References
Job 38:32
"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?

Psalm 148:6
He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away.

Jeremiah 31:35
Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name:

Jeremiah 31:36
"If this fixed order departs From before Me," declares the LORD, "Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever."
Treasury of Scripture

Know you the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?

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Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, …

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, …

Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the …

Jeremiah 31:35,36 Thus said the LORD, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the …

Jeremiah 33:25 Thus said the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and …

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Job 38:12,13 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring …

(33) The ordinances of heaven.--Comp. Job 28:26. That is, the recurring seasons and their power of influencing the earth.

Verse 33. - Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? i.e. the physical laws by which the course of nature is governed (comp. Psalm 119:90, 91; Psalm 148:6). The general prevalence of law in the material world is quite as strongly asserted by the sacred writers as by modern science. The difference is that modern science regards the laws as physical necessities, self-subsisting, while Scripture looks upon them as the ordinances of the Divine will. This latter view involves, of course, the further result that the Divine will can at any time suspend or reverse any of its enactments. Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? If Job does not even know the laws whereby the world is governed, much less can he establish such laws himself, and make them work. Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?.... Settled by the decree, purpose, and will of God, and are firm and stable; see Psalm 148:6; the laws and statutes respecting their situation, motion, operation, influence, and use, which are constantly observed; these are so far from being made by men, and at their direction, that they are not known by them, at least not fully and perfectly;

canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? or over it; of the heavens over the earth; not such an one as judicial astrologers ascribe unto them, as to influence the bodies of men, especially the tempers and dispositions of their minds; to affect their wills and moral actions, the events and occurrences of their lives, and the fate of nations and kingdoms; their dominion is not moral and civil, but physical or natural, as to make the revolutions of night and day, and of the several seasons of the year; and to affect and influence the fruits of the earth, &c. see Genesis 1:16; but this dominion is solely under God, and at his direction, and is not of men's fixing. 33. ordinances—which regulate the alternations of seasons, etc. (Ge 8:22).

dominion—controlling influence of the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, etc., on the earth (on the tides, weather) (Ge 1:16; Ps 136:7-9).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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