Job 38:14
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English Standard Version
It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.

King James Bible
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

American Standard Version
It is changed as clay under the seal; And all things'stand forth as a garment:

Douay-Rheims Bible
The seal shall be restored as clay, and shall stand as a garment :

English Revised Version
It is changed as clay under the seal; and all things stand forth as a garment:

Webster's Bible Translation
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 And who shut up the sea with doors,

When it broke through, issued from the womb,

9 When I put clouds round it as a garment,

And thick mist as its swaddling clothes,

10 And I broke for it my bound,

And set bars and doors,

11 And said: Hitherto come, and no further,

And here be thy proud waves stayed!?

The state of תהו ובהו was the first half, and the state of תהום the second half of the primeval condition of the forming earth. The question does not, however, refer to the תהום, in which the waters of the sky and the waters of the earth were as yet not separated, but, passing over this intermediate condition of the forming earth, to the sea, the waters of which God shut up as by means of a door and bolt, when, first enshrouded in thick mist (which has remained from that time one of its natural peculiarities), and again and again manifesting its individuality, it broke forth (גּיח of the foetus, as Psalm 22:10) from the bowels of the, as yet, chaotic earth. That the sea, in spite of the flatness of its banks, does not flow over the land, is a work of omnipotence which broke over it, i.e., restraining it, a fixed bound (חק as Job 26:10; Proverbs 8:29; Jeremiah 5:22, equals גּבוּל, Psalm 104:9), viz., the steep and rugged walls of the basin of the sea, and which thereby established a firm barrier behind which it should be kept. Instead of וּפה, Joshua 18:8, Job 38:11 has the Chethib וּפא. חק is to be understood with ישׁית, and "one set" is equivalent to the passive (Ges. 137*): let a bound be set (comp. שׁת, Hosea 6:11, which is used directly so) against the proud rising of thy waves.

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Job 38:13
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:15
From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.

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