Job 38:21
New International Version
Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

New Living Translation
But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!

English Standard Version
You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!

Berean Study Bible
Surely you know, for you were already born! 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?

New King James Version
Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?

New American Standard Bible
“You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!

NASB 1995
“You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!

NASB 1977
“You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!

Amplified Bible
“You [must] know, since you were born then, And because you are so extremely old!

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t you know? You were already born; you have lived so long!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t you know? You were already born; you have lived so long!

American Standard Version
Doubtless , thou knowest, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you know when you were conceived, and the number of your days, if they are many?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I know then that thou wert born at that time, and the number of thy years is great.

Contemporary English Version
I'm certain you must be able to, since you were already born when I created everything.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Didst thou know then that thou shouldst be born ? and didst thou know the number of thy days?

English Revised Version
Doubtless, thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

Good News Translation
I am sure you can, because you're so old and were there when the world was made!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You must know because you were born then and have lived such a long time!

International Standard Version
You should know! After all, you had been born back then, so the number of your days is great!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou knowest it, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!

Literal Standard Version
You have known—for then you are born, And the number of your days [are] many!

NET Bible
You know, for you were born before them; and the number of your days is great!

New Heart English Bible
Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your 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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Challenges Job
20so you can lead it back to its border? Do you know the paths to its home? 21Surely you know, for you were already born! And the number of your days is great! 22Have you entered the storehouses of snow or observed the storehouses of hail,…

Cross References
Job 15:7
Were you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

Job 38:22
Have you entered the storehouses of snow or observed the storehouses of hail,


Treasury of Scripture

Know you it, because you were then born? or because the number of your days is great?

Job 38:4,12
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding…

Job 15:7
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?









(21) Knowest thou it?--It is better to read this verse without an interrogation, as sublime irony. "Doubtless thou knowest all this, for thou wast born then, and the number of thy days is so great!"

Verse 21. - Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? The irony that has underlain the whole address comes here to the surface, and shows itself palpably. Job, of course, is as old as the Almighty, or, at any rate, coeval with creation; otherwise he could not presume to take the tone which he has taken, and arraign the moral government of the Creator. Or because the number of thy days is great! Compare the sarcasm of Eliphaz (Job 15:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Surely you know,
יָ֭דַעְתָּ (yā·ḏa‘·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

for
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you were already
אָ֣ז (’āz)
Adverb
Strong's 227: At that time, place, therefore

born!
תִּוָּלֵ֑ד (tiw·wā·lêḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

And the number
וּמִסְפַּ֖ר (ū·mis·par)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of your days
יָמֶ֣יךָ (yā·me·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

is great!
רַבִּֽים׃ (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great


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