New American Standard Bible
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
King James Bible
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou entered as far as the springs of the sea? and hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?
World English Bible
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou come in to springs of the sea? And in searching the deep Hast thou walked up and down?
Job 38:16 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? - The word here rendered "springs" (נבך nêbek), occurs nowhere else in the Scriptures. It is rendered by the Vulgate "profunda," the deep parts; and by the Septuagint πηγὴν pēgēn - "fountains." The reference seems to be to the deep fountains at the bottom of the sea, which were supposed to supply it with water. A large portion of the water of the ocean is indeed conveyed to it by rivers and streams that run on the surface of the earth. But it is known, also, that there are fountains at the bottom of the ocean, and in some places the amount of water that flows from them is so great, that its action is perceptible at the surface. One such fountain exists in the Atlantic ocean near the coast of Florida.
Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? - Or, rather, in the deep places or caverns of the ocean. The word rendered "search" here (חקר chêqer), means "searching," investigation, and then an object that is to be searched out, and hence, that which is obscure, remote, hidden. Then it may be applied to the deep caverns of the ocean, or the bottom of the sea. This is to man unsearchable. No line has been found long enough to fathom the ocean, and of course what is there is unknown. It is adduced, therefore, with great propriety as a proof of the wisdom of God, that he could look on the deep caverns of the ocean, and was able to search out all that was there. A sentiment similar to this occurs in Homer, when speaking of Atlas:
Πάσης βένθεα οἷδεν.
Pasēs benthea oiden.
Odyssey Job 1:5.
"Who knows the depths of every sea."
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The Jerusalem Climate: the contrasting receptions, Luke 2. the music of heaven, Job 38:6, 7. Luke 2:13, 14. pick out the choruses of Revelation, the crowning book.--the after-captivity leaders, see Ezra and Nehemiah--ideals and ideas--present leaders--Herod--the high priest--the faithful few, Luke 2:25, 38. 23:51. The Bethlehem Fog: Matthew 1 and 2. Luke 2. a foggy shadow--suspicion of Mary--a stable cradle--murder of babes--star-students--senate meeting--a troubled city-flight--Galilee. The …
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In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained;
Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;
"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.
When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,
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