Job 38:7
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English Standard Version
when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

King James Bible
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

American Standard Version
When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the morning stars praised me together, and all the sons of God made a joyful melody?

English Revised Version
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Webster's Bible Translation
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the storm, and said:

2 Who then darkeneth counsel

With words without knowledge?

3 Gird up now thy loins as a man:

I will question thee, and inform thou me!

"May the Almighty answer me!" Job has said, Job 31:35; He now really answers, and indeed out of the storm (Chethib, according to a mode of writing occurring only here and Job 40:6, מנהסערה, arranged in two words by the Keri), which is generally the forerunner of His self-manifestation in the world, of that at least by which He reveals Himself in His absolute awe-inspiring greatness and judicial grandeur. The art. is to be understood generically, but, with respect to Elihu's speeches, refers to the storm which has risen up in the meanwhile. It is not to be translated: Who is he who ... , which ought to be המחשׁיך, but: Who then is darkening; זה makes the interrogative מי more vivid and demonstrative, Ges. 122, 2; the part. מחשׁיך (instead of which it might also be יחשׁיך) favours the assumption that Job has uttered such words immediately before, and is interrupted by Jehovah, without an intervening speaker having come forward. It is intentionally עצה for עצתי (comp. עם for עמי, Isaiah 26:11), to describe that which is spoken of according to its quality: it is nothing less than a decree or plan full of purpose and connection which Job darkness, i.e., distorts by judging it falsely, or, as we say: places in a false light, and in fact by meaningless words.

(Note: The correct accentuation is מחשׁיך with Mercha, עצה with Athnach, במלין with Rebia mugrasch, bly (without Makkeph) with Munach.)

When now Jehovah condescends to negotiate with Job by question and answer, He does not do exactly what Job wished (Job 13:22), but something different, of which Job never thought. He surprises him with questions which are intended to bring him indirectly to the consciousness of the wrong and absurdity of his challenge - questions among which "there are many which the natural philosophy of the present day can frame more scientifically, but cannot satisfactorily solve."

(Note: Alex. v. Humboldt, Kosmos, ii. 48 (1st edition), comp. Tholuck, Vermischte Schriften, i.354.)

Instead of כגבר (the received reading of Ben-Ascher), Ben-Naphtali's text offered כּג (as Ezekiel 17:10), in order not to allow two so similar, aspirated mutae to come together.

Job 38:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the morning

Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David...

the sons

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD...

Psalm 104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders...

shouted

Ezra 3:11,12 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to the LORD; because he is good...

Zechariah 4:7 Who are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings...

Cross References
Genesis 1:16
And God made the two great lights--the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night--and the stars.

Job 1:6
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.

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