Job 38:5
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New International Version
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

New Living Translation
Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?

English Standard Version
Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

New American Standard Bible
Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?

King James Bible
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

International Standard Version
Who set its measurement? Am I to assume you know? Who stretched a boundary line over it?

NET Bible
Who set its measurements--if you know--or who stretched a measuring line across it?

New Heart English Bible
Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who determined its dimensions? Certainly, you know! Who stretched a measuring line over it?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

New American Standard 1977
Who set its measurements, since you know?
            Or who stretched the line on it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who ordered its dimensions, if thou knowest? Or who has stretched the line upon it?

King James 2000 Bible
Who has determined the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?

American King James Version
Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it?

American Standard Version
Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Darby Bible Translation
Who set the measures thereof -- if thou knowest? or who stretched a line upon it?

English Revised Version
Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who stretched the line upon it?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath laid the measures of it, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

World English Bible
Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?

Young's Literal Translation
Who placed its measures -- if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched out upon it a line?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6"On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,…
Cross References
Job 34:13
"Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world?

Proverbs 8:29
When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

Isaiah 40:12
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, And marked off the heavens by the span, And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales?
Treasury of Scripture

Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it?

laid

Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

Job 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.

Proverbs 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass …

Isaiah 40:12,22 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted …

who hath stretched

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

Psalm 78:55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance …

Isaiah 34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also …

Zechariah 2:1,2 I lifted up my eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring …

2 Corinthians 10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast …

Verse 5. - Who determined the measures thereof? Everything in creation is orderly, measured, predetermined, governed by law and will The actual weight of the planets is fixed by Divine wisdom, with a view to the stability and enduringness of the solar system (comp. Isaiah 40:12). If thou knowest; literally, for thou knowest - an anticipation of the lofty irony which comes out so remarkably in ver. 21. Or who hath stretched the line upon it? Human builders determine the dimensions of their constructions by means of a measuring-line (Ezekiel 40:3-49, etc.). The writer carries out his metaphor of a building by supposing a measuring-rod to have been used at the creation of the earth also. Some find a trace of the idea in Genesis 1:9, where they translate קָווּ הַמַּיִם, "Let the waters be marked out with a line." Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?.... Did God or a creature? The Lord, no doubt. He laid them out in his divine mind, and laid them forth by his divine power; who does all things by weight and measure. He fixed the dimensions of the earth, how long, how thick, and how broad it should be; he settled the borders and boundaries of it. This Job might know that the Lord did; but he laid them, and what they are that are laid, he knew not. Mathematicians pretend to give us the circumference and diameter of the earth; but in their accounts are not agreed, but widely differ; which shows they are at no certainty about them (e); and Job and the men of his age might be still less knowing: though the words may be rendered, "for thou knowest" (f); surely such a knowing man as thou art must needs know this and so are a severe sarcasm upon him;

or who hath stretched the line upon it? The measuring line being formed according to rule, with exact symmetry and proportion. This may be the same with the circle of the earth, and the compass set upon the face of the deep or terraqueous globe, Proverbs 8:27. And with the same exactness and just proportion are the ways and works of Providence, which Job ought to have acquiesced in as being well and wisely done.

(e) The mathematicians in Aristotle's time reckoned the breadth of the earth a little less than forty myriads of furlongs, and the length of it seventy myriads. Aristot. de Mundo, c. 3. Vid. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 2. c. 108, 109. According to the moderns, the circumference of the earth is 25,031.5 of our statute miles, and its diameter 7967 such miles. See Chamber's Dictionary on the word "Earth". (f) "quadoquidem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "quia", Michaelis; "nam", Schultens; so Broughton. 5. measures—of its proportions. Image from an architect's plans of a building.

line—of measurement (Isa 28:17). The earth is formed on an all-wise plan.38:4-11 For the humbling of Job, God here shows him his ignorance, even concerning the earth and the sea. As we cannot find fault with God's work, so we need not fear concerning it. The works of his providence, as well as the work of creation, never can be broken; and the work of redemption is no less firm, of which Christ himself is both the Foundation and the Corner-stone. The church stands as firm as the earth.
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