Job 38:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me!

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

New King James Version
Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
Now get ready to face me! Can you answer the questions I ask?

Good News Translation
Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Gird thy loins like a man; and I will ask thee, and do thou answer 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 who obscures My counsel by words without knowledge? 3Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me! 4Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.…
Cross References
Job 40:7
"Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

Job 42:4
You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak. I will question you, and you shall answer Me.'

Proverbs 31:17
She girds herself with strength and shows that her arms are strong.

Jeremiah 1:17
Get yourself ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them, or I will terrify 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 thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Exodus 12:11
And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.

1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

for

Job 13:15,22
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him…

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 would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book…

answer thou me.







Lexicon
Now
נָ֣א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

brace
אֱזָר־ (’ĕ·zār-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 247: To gird, encompass, equip

yourself
חֲלָצֶ֑יךָ (ḥă·lā·ṣe·ḵā)
Noun - mdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2504: The loins

like a man;
כְגֶ֣בֶר (ḵə·ḡe·ḇer)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

I will question you,
וְ֝אֶשְׁאָלְךָ֗ (wə·’eš·’ā·lə·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

and you shall inform Me!
וְהוֹדִיעֵֽנִי׃ (wə·hō·w·ḏî·‘ê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To 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. 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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