Job 38:4
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New International Version
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

New Living Translation
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.

English Standard Version
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Berean Study Bible
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.

New American Standard Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,

King James Bible
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Where were you when I established the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Contemporary English Version
How did I lay the foundation for the earth? Were you there?

Good News Translation
Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.

International Standard Version
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of my earth? Tell me, since you're so informed!

NET Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding!

New Heart English Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have [such] insight.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast the understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Cause me to know, if thou hast understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.

American King James Version
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.

American Standard Version
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where wast thou when I laid up the foundations of the earth ? tell me if thou hast understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
Where wast thou when I founded the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.

English Revised Version
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

World English Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Where wast thou when I founded earth? Declare, if thou hast known understanding.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
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. 5Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across it?…
Cross References
Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 2:4
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made them.

1 Samuel 2:8
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. He seats them among princes and bestows on them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's, and upon them He has set the world.

Job 15:7
Were you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

Job 34:13
Who gave Him charge over the earth? Who appointed Him over the whole world?

Psalm 104:5
He set the earth on its foundations, never to be moved.

Proverbs 8:29
when He set a boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not surpass His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth.

Proverbs 30:4
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in His cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son--surely you know!

Isaiah 40:14
Whom did He consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the paths of justice? Who imparted knowledge to Him and showed Him the way of understanding?

Jeremiah 10:12
God made the earth by His power; He established the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.

Amos 4:13
For behold, He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, the One who turns the dawn to darkness and strides on the heights of the earth, the LORD, the God of Hosts, is His name."

Treasury of Scripture

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.

Where

Proverbs 8:22,29,30 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old…

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the …

I

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Psalm 102:25 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Hebrews 1:2,10 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

hast. Heb. knowest







(4) Where wast thou?--The comparison of the creation of the world to the building of an edifice is such a concession to the feebleness of man as serves of itself to heighten the effect of the inevitable answer to the question preferred.

Verse 4. - Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Wast thou present? Didst thou witness it? If not, what canst thou know concerning it? And if thou knowest nothing of creation, what canst thou know of deeper things? The metaphor, by which the creation of the earth is compared to the foundation of an edifice, is a common one (Psalm 102:25; Psalm 104:5; Proverbs 8:29: Isaiah 48:13; Isaiah 51:13, 16; Zechariah 12:1; Hebrews 1:10, etc.), and is to be viewed as a concession to human weakness, creation itself, as it actually took place, being inconceivable. Declare, if thou hast understanding. That is, if thou hast any knowledge on the subject (comp. ver. 18). Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?.... The earth has foundations, and such firm ones that it cannot be moved; but what are they, since it is hung in the air on nothing! No other than the power and will of God, who laid these foundations, and the Son of God, who has created and upholds all things by the word of his power, Hebrews 1:3. Where was Job then? In a state of nothingness, a mere nonentity: he was not present when this amazing work of nature was done, and saw not how the Lord went about it; and yet takes upon him to dive into the secret works and ways of Providence, for which he is rebuked by this question and the following;

declare, if thou hast understanding: Job had the understanding of a man in things natural and civil, and of a good man in things spiritual and divine; but he had no understanding of this, of what he is questioned about; could not declare in what place he was, and where he stood, when the earth was founded. 4. To understand the cause of things, man should have been present at their origin. The finite creature cannot fathom the infinite wisdom of the Creator (Job 28:12; 15:7, 8).

hast—"knowest."

understanding—(Pr 4:1).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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