New American Standard Bible
"Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
King James Bible
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
Darby Bible Translation
And who shut up the sea with doors, when it burst forth, issuing out of the womb?
World English Bible
"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth from the womb,
Young's Literal Translation
And He shutteth up with doors the sea, In its coming forth, from the womb it goeth out.
Job 38:8 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Or who shut up the sea with doors - This refers also to the act of the creation, and to the fact that God fixed limits to the raging of the ocean. The word "doors" is used here rather to denote gates, such as are made to shut up water in a dam. The Hebrew word properly refers, in the dual form which is used here דלתים delethiym), to "double doors," or to folding doors, and is also applied to the gates of a city; Deuteronomy 3:5; 1 Samuel 23:7; Isaiah 45:1. The idea is, that the floods were bursting forth from the abyss or the center of the earth, and were checked by placing gates or doors which restrained them. Whether this is designed to be a poetic or a real description of what took place at the creation, it is not easy to determine. Nothing forbids the idea that something like this may have occurred when the waters in the earth were pouring forth tumultuously, and when they were restrained by obstructions placed there by the hand of God, as if he had made gates through which they could pass only when he should open them. This supposition also would accord well with the account of the flood in Genesis 7:11, where it is said that "the fountains of the great deep were broken up," as if those flood-gates had been opened, or the obstructions which God had placed there had been suffered to be broken through, and the waters of their own accord flowed over the world. We know as yet too little of the interior of the earth, to ascertain whether this is to be understood as a literal description of what actually occurred.
When it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb - All the images here are taken from child-birth. The ocean is represented as being born, and then as invested with clouds and darkness as its covering and its swaddling-bands. The image is a bold one, and I do not know that it is any where else applied to the formation of the ocean.
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 …
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus
In Joseph's Tomb
Agency of Evil Spirits
The Careless Sinner Awakened.
God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
"When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure,
When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains.
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;
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
Jump to PreviousBirth Brake Broke Burst Bursting Doors Enclosed Forth Issued Issuing Pushing Sea Secret Shut Shutteth Womb
Jump to NextBirth Brake Broke Burst Bursting Doors Enclosed Forth Issued Issuing Pushing Sea Secret Shut Shutteth Womb
LinksJob 38:8 NIV
Job 38:8 NLT
Job 38:8 ESV
Job 38:8 NASB
Job 38:8 KJV
Job 38:8 Bible Apps
Job 38:8 Biblia Paralela
Job 38:8 Chinese Bible
Job 38:8 French Bible
Job 38:8 German Bible
Job 38:8 Commentaries