Amplified Bible

Job 38

God Speaks Now to Job

1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,


“Who is this that darkens counsel [questioning my authority and wisdom]
By words without knowledge?

“Now [a]gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know and have understanding.

“Who determined the measurements [of the earth], if you know?
Or who stretched the [measuring] line on it?

“On what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,

When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God (angels) shouted for joy?


“Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When it burst forth and went out of the womb;

When I made the clouds its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 
And marked for it My [appointed] boundary
And set bars and doors [defining the shorelines],
11 
And said, ‘This far you shall come, but no farther;
And here your proud waves shall stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

12 
Since your days began, have you ever commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 
So that light may take hold of the corners of the earth
And shake the wickedness out of it?
14 
“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.
15 
“Their light is withheld from the wicked,
And the uplifted arm is broken.

16 
“Have you entered and explored the springs of the sea
Or [have you] walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 
“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 
“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 
“Where is the [b]way where light dwells?
And as for darkness, where is its place,
20 
That you may take it to its territory
And that you may know the paths to its house?
21 
“You [must] know, since you were born then,
And [c]because you are so extremely old!
22 
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 
Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
24 
“Where is the way that the light is distributed,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 
“Who has prepared a channel for the torrents of rain and for the flood,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 
To bring rain on the uninhabited land,
And on the desert where no man lives,
27 
To satisfy the barren and desolate ground
And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
28 
“Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 
“Out of whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
30 
“Water becomes like stone [and hides itself],
And the surface of the deep is frozen and imprisoned.

31 
“Can you bind the chains of [the cluster of stars called] Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of [the constellation] Orion?
32 
“Can you lead forth a [d]constellation in its season,
And guide [the stars of] the Bear with her [e]sons?
33 
“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or [can you] establish their rule over the earth?

34 
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will cover you?
35 
“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 
“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being [of man, or in the layers of clouds]
Or given understanding to the mind [of man, or to the heavenly display]?
37 
“Who can count the clouds by [earthly] wisdom,
Or pour out the water jars of the heavens,
38 
When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together [because of the heat]?

39 
“Can you [Job] hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions
40 
When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
41 
“Who provides prey for the raven
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?

Notas al pie

  1. Job 38:3 A phrase often found in the Bible that is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action, or it may be a call to prepare for a coming action or event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. To keep from impeding the wearer during any vigorous activity, e.g. battle, exercise, strenuous work, etc., the loose ends of garments (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the girdle. The girdle was a band about six inches wide that had fasteners in front. It was worn around the loins (the midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips). Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.
  2. Job 38:19 Light travels on a path or “way” through empty space at 299,792,458 meters per second (approximately 186,282 miles per second).
  3. Job 38:21 Lit the number of your days is great.
  4. Job 38:32 Heb Mazzaroth.
  5. Job 38:32 Or satellites.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约伯记 38

耶和华回答约伯

1那时,耶和华从旋风中回答约伯说:
“是谁用无知的话蒙蔽我的旨意?
你要像勇士一样束腰备战,
我来提问,你来回答。

“我立大地根基的时候,你在哪里?
你若那么聪明,请告诉我。
你可知道谁为大地定的尺寸?
谁用准绳把它丈量?
是什么支撑大地的根基?
谁为它安放的基石?
当时晨星齐声歌唱,
众天使都发出欢呼。

“大海从母胎奔腾而出时,
谁为它划定界限?
是我为大海披上云彩,
为它裹上厚厚的幽暗。
10 是我为它划定界限,
并安上门和闩,
11 说,‘你到此为止,不可越界;
你狂傲的波涛要停在这里。’

12 “你生平可曾向晨曦发号施令,
为黎明的曙光指定岗位,
13 使阳光普照大地,
抖出藏匿的恶人?
14 日光使大地改观,如泥上盖印,
万物如衣服般显出颜色。
15 恶人得不到光明,
强横的臂膀必折断。
16 你可曾到过大海的源头,
走过深渊的底部?
17 死亡之门可曾向你显露?
你可曾见过幽冥之门?
18 你知道大地有多广阔吗?
你若知道,就告诉我吧。

19 “哪条路通往光明的居所?
哪里是黑暗的住处?
20 你能把它们带回原处吗?
你认识通往其居所的路吗?
21 你肯定知道,
因为那时你已出生,
你的寿数又很长久!

22 “你曾到过雪库,
或见过雹仓吗?
23 那是我为降灾之时,
为争战之日而预备的。
24 光从哪条路散开?
东风从哪条路吹向大地?
25 谁为豪雨开水道,
为雷电辟路径,
26 使雨水降在杳无人烟之地,
降在无人居住的旷野,
27 以滋润荒凉不毛之地,
使土地长出青草?
28 雨水有父亲吗?
谁生的露珠?
29 冰出自谁的胎?
谁生的天上的霜?
30 水变得坚硬如石,
深渊表面凝结成冰。

31 “你能系住昴星的结,
解开参星的带吗?
32 你能按季节领出星座,
引导北斗及其众星吗?
33 你知道天的定律吗?
你能使地服从天律吗?
34 你能号令云彩,
使倾盆大雨覆盖你吗?
35 你能命闪电发出,
让它听候调遣吗?
36 谁将智慧放在人胸中?
谁使人内心有聪明?
37-38 尘土结成硬团,
土块黏在一起时,
谁能凭智慧数算云彩?
谁能倾倒天上的水囊?

39-40 “狮子卧在洞中,
壮狮埋伏在隐秘处,
你能为它们猎取食物,
使它们饱餐吗?
41 乌鸦的幼雏饿得飞来飞去,
向上帝哀鸣时,
谁供应乌鸦食物?