New American Standard Bible
"You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!
King James Bible
Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
Darby Bible Translation
Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!
World English Bible
Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast known -- for then thou art born And the number of thy days are many!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? - This may either be a question, or it may be spoken ironically. According to the former mode of rendering it, it is the same as asking Job whether he had lived long enough to understand where the abode of light was, or whether he had an existence when it was created, and knew where its home was appointed. According to the latter mode, it is keen sarcasm. "Thou must know all this, for thou art so old. Thou hast had an opportunity of observing all this, for thou hast lived through all these changes, and observed all the works of God." This latter method of interpreting it is adopted by Umbreit, Herder, Noyes, Rosenmuller, and Wemyss. The former, however, seems much better to accord with the connection, and with the dignity and character of the speaker. It is not desirable to represent God as speaking in the language of irony and sarcasm unless the rules of interpretation imperatively demand it.
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