Job 38:14
New International Version
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

New Living Translation
As the light approaches, the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal; it is robed in brilliant colors.

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

Berean Study Bible
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

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

New King James Version
It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment.

New American Standard Bible
“It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand out like a garment.

NASB 1995
“It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.

NASB 1977
“It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.

Amplified Bible
“The earth is changed like clay into which a seal is pressed; And the things [of the earth] stand out like a [multi-colored] garment.

Christian Standard Bible
The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their bodies shall be changed like clay, and they shall rise as clothing

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Or didst thou take clay of the ground, and form a living creature, and set it with the power of speech upon the earth?

Contemporary English Version
Early dawn outlines the hills like stitches on clothing or sketches on clay.

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:

Good News Translation
Daylight makes the hills and valleys stand out like the folds of a garment, clear as the imprint of a seal on clay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The earth changes like clay stamped by a seal, and [parts of it] stand out like [folds in] clothing.

International Standard Version
Like clay is molded by a signet ring, the earth's hills and valleys then stand out like the colors of a garment.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is changed as clay under the seal; And they stand as a garment.

Literal Standard Version
It turns itself as clay of a seal And they station themselves as clothed.

NET Bible
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features are dyed like a garment.

New Heart English Bible
It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.

World English Bible
It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.

Young's Literal Translation
It turneth itself as clay of a seal And they station themselves as clothed.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Challenges Job
13that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it? 14The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment. 15Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.…

Cross References
Job 38:13
that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?

Job 38:15
Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.


Treasury of Scripture

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

as a

Psalm 104:2,6
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: …









(14) As clay to the seal.--In the darkness every object is without form and void, just as clay or wax, which has no distinctness of shape till the seal is applied, and then the impression is clear and manifest. So with the coming of the daylight after darkness. We should rather render, It is changed as clay under the seal, and all things stand forth as in their proper raiment.

Verse 14. - It is turned as clay to the seal; rather, it changes as the clay of a seal. The seals of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and others were commonly impressed upon clay, and not upon wax (Lsyard, 'Nineveh and Babylon,' pp. 153-156). As the seal changed the clay from a dull, shapeless lump to a figured surface, so the coming of the dawn changes the earth from an indistinct mass to one diversified with form and colour. As M. Renan explains, "L'aurore fair our la terre l'effet d'un sceau sur la torte sigillee, en dormant de laforme, et du relief, a la surface do l'univers, qui pendant la nuit est somme un chaos indistinct." And they stand as a garment; rather, and things stand out as a garment or as on a garment - a richly embroidered dress is intended, on which the pattern stands out in relief.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The earth takes shape
תִּ֭תְהַפֵּךְ (tiṯ·hap·pêḵ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

like clay
כְּחֹ֣מֶר (kə·ḥō·mer)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2563: A bubbling up, of water, a wave, of earth, mire, clay, a heap, a chomer, dry measure

[under] a seal;
חוֹתָ֑ם (ḥō·w·ṯām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2368: A seal, signet ring

its hills stand out
וְ֝יִֽתְיַצְּב֗וּ (wə·yiṯ·yaṣ·ṣə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3320: To set or station oneself, take one's stand

like
כְּמ֣וֹ (kə·mōw)
Preposition
Strong's 3644: Like, as, when

the folds of a garment.
לְבֽוּשׁ׃ (lə·ḇūš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3830: A garment, clothing, raiment


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