Job 38:5
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?

Berean Study Bible
Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
Doubtless you know who decided its length and width.

Good News Translation
Who decided how large it would be? Who stretched the measuring line over it? Do you know all the answers?

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who set the measures of it, if thou knowest? or who stretched a 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
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? 6On what were its foundations laid, or who set its core in place—…
Cross References
Job 34:13
Who gave Him charge over the earth? Who appointed Him over the whole world?

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.

Isaiah 40:12
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on a scale and the hills with a balance?

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 weigheth the waters by measure.

Proverbs 8:27
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

who hath stretched

Psalm 19:4
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Psalm 78:55
He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Isaiah 34:11
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.







Lexicon
Who
מִי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

fixed
שָׂ֣ם (śām)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

its measurements?
מְ֭מַדֶּיהָ (mə·mad·de·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4461: Measurement

Surely
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you know!
תֵדָ֑ע (ṯê·ḏā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

Or
א֤וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 176: Desire, if

who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

stretched
נָטָ֖ה (nā·ṭāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

a measuring line
קָּֽו׃ (qāw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6957: A cord, for, measuring, a rule, a rim, a musical string, accord

across it?
עָלֶ֣יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
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." 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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