Job 38:14
New International Version
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

New Living Translation
As the light approaches, the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal; it is robed in brilliant colors.

English Standard Version
It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.

Berean Study Bible
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

New American Standard Bible
"It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.

King James Bible
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

Christian Standard Bible
The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

Contemporary English Version
Early dawn outlines the hills like stitches on clothing or sketches on clay.

Good News Translation
Daylight makes the hills and valleys stand out like the folds of a garment, clear as the imprint of a seal on clay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

International Standard Version
Like clay is molded by a signet ring, the earth's hills and valleys then stand out like the colors of a garment.

NET Bible
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features are dyed like a garment.

New Heart English Bible
It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The earth changes like clay stamped by a seal, and [parts of it] stand out like [folds in] clothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is changed as clay under the seal; And they stand as a garment.

New American Standard 1977
“It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is transformed as clay to the seal and then stands as a garment;

King James 2000 Bible
It is turned as clay under the seal; and they stand out as a garment.

American King James Version
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

American Standard Version
It is changed as clay under the seal; And all things'stand forth as a garment:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Or didst thou take clay of the ground, and form a living creature, and set it with the power of speech upon the earth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The seal shall be restored as clay, and shall stand as a garment :

Darby Bible Translation
It is changed like the signet-clay; and [all things] stand forth as in a garment:

English Revised Version
It is changed as clay under the seal; and all things stand forth as a garment:

Webster's Bible Translation
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

World English Bible
It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.

Young's Literal Translation
It turneth itself as clay of a seal And they station themselves as clothed.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
13that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it? 14The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment. 15Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.…
Cross References
Job 38:13
that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?

Job 38:15
Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.

Treasury of Scripture

It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

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Psalm 104:2,6
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: …







Lexicon
The earth takes shape
תִּ֭תְהַפֵּךְ (tiṯ·hap·pêḵ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

like clay
כְּחֹ֣מֶר (kə·ḥō·mer)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2563: A bubbling up, of water, a wave, of earth, mire, clay, a heap, a chomer, dry measure

[under] a seal;
חוֹתָ֑ם (ḥō·w·ṯām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2368: A seal, signet ring

its hills stand out
וְ֝יִֽתְיַצְּב֗וּ (wə·yiṯ·yaṣ·ṣə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3320: To set or station oneself, take one's stand

like
כְּמ֣וֹ (kə·mōw)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3644: Like, as, when

the folds of a garment.
לְבֽוּשׁ׃ (lə·ḇūš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3830: A garment, clothing, raiment
(14) As clay to the seal.--In the darkness every object is without form and void, just as clay or wax, which has no distinctness of shape till the seal is applied, and then the impression is clear and manifest. So with the coming of the daylight after darkness. We should rather render, It is changed as clay under the seal, and all things stand forth as in their proper raiment.

Verse 14. - It is turned as clay to the seal; rather, it changes as the clay of a seal. The seals of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and others were commonly impressed upon clay, and not upon wax (Lsyard, 'Nineveh and Babylon,' pp. 153-156). As the seal changed the clay from a dull, shapeless lump to a figured surface, so the coming of the dawn changes the earth from an indistinct mass to one diversified with form and colour. As M. Renan explains, "L'aurore fair our la terre l'effet d'un sceau sur la torte sigillee, en dormant de laforme, et du relief, a la surface do l'univers, qui pendant la nuit est somme un chaos indistinct." And they stand as a garment; rather, and things stand out as a garment or as on a garment - a richly embroidered dress is intended, on which the pattern stands out in relief. 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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