Job 38:38
New International Version
when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

New Living Translation
when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?

English Standard Version
when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?

Berean Study Bible
when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods of earth stick together?

New American Standard Bible
When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?

King James Bible
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Christian Standard Bible
when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods of dirt stick together?

Contemporary English Version
on the dry, lumpy soil?

Good News Translation
rain that hardens the dust into lumps?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods of dirt stick together?

International Standard Version
when dust dries into a mass and then breaks apart into clods?

NET Bible
when the dust hardens into a mass, and the clumps of earth stick together?

New Heart English Bible
when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when the dirt hardens into clumps and the soil clings together?

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

New American Standard 1977
When the dust hardens into a mass, And the clods stick together?

Jubilee Bible 2000
when the dust hardens and the clods cleave fast together?

King James 2000 Bible
When the dust grows into clumps, and the clods cleave fast together?

American King James Version
When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods stuck fast together?

American Standard Version
When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For it is spread out as dusty earth, and I have cemented it as one hewn stone to another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When was the dust poured on the earth, and the clods fastened together?

Darby Bible Translation
When the dust runneth as into a molten mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

English Revised Version
When the dust runneth into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together?

Webster's Bible Translation
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

World English Bible
when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?

Young's Literal Translation
In the hardening of dust into hardness, And clods cleave together?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of the heavens 38when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods of earth stick together? 39Can you hunt the prey for a lioness or satisfy the hunger of young lions…
Cross References
Job 38:37
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of the heavens

Job 38:39
Can you hunt the prey for a lioness or satisfy the hunger of young lions

Treasury of Scripture

When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods stuck fast together?

groweth into hardness.







Lexicon
when the dust
עָ֭פָר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

hardens
בְּצֶ֣קֶת (bə·ṣe·qeṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3332: To pour out, to melt, cast as metal, to place firmly, to stiffen, grow hard

into a mass
לַמּוּצָ֑ק (lam·mū·ṣāq)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4165: Fusion, a casting, a mass

and the clods of earth
וּרְגָבִ֥ים (ū·rə·ḡā·ḇîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7263: A clod (of earth)

stick together?
יְדֻבָּֽקוּ׃ (yə·ḏub·bā·qū)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit
Verse 38. - When the dust groweth into hardness. 'Aphar (עָפַר) here, as often, means "earth," or "soil," rather than "dust." When by the heat of the sun's rays the ground grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together, baked into a compact mass, then is the time when rain is most needed, and when the Almighty in his mercy commonly sends it. The consideration of inanimate nature here ends, with the result that its mysteries altogether transcend the human intellect, and render speculation on the still deeper mysteries of the moral world wholly vain and futile. 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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