New American Standard Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
King James Bible
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
Where wast thou when I founded the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.
World English Bible
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
Where wast thou when I founded earth? Declare, if thou hast known understanding.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? - The first appeal is to the creation. The question here, "Where wast thou?" implies that Job was not present. He had not then an existence. He could not, therefore, have aided God, or counselled him, or understood what he was doing. How presumptuous, therefore, it was in one so short-lived to sit in judgment on the doings of him who had formed the world! How little could he expect to be able to know of him! The expression, "laid the foundations of the earth," is taken from building an edifice. The foundations are first laid, and the super-structure is then reared. It is a poetic image, and is not designed to give any intimation about the actual process by which the earth was made, or the manner in which it is sustained.
If thou hast understanding - Margin, as in Hebrew "if thou knowest." That is, "Declare how it was done. Explain the manner in which the earth was formed and fixed in its place, and by which the beautiful world grew up under the hand of God." If Job could not do this, what presumption was it to speak as he had done of the divine adminisitration!
LibraryThe Tragic Break in the Plan.
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 beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.
1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.
"Were you the first man to be born, Or were you brought forth before the hills?
"Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world?
He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.
When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
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