Job 38:1

The LORD Speaks

1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

Job 38:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
ESV
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
NLT
1 Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
MSG
1 And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said:
CSB
1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:

Job 38:1 Meaning and Commentary

Job 38:1

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind
As soon as Elihu had done speaking, who saw the tempest rising, and gave hints of it, ( Job 37:2 Job 37:14 ) ; and hastened to finish his discourse. This was raised to give notice of the Lord being about to appear, and to display his majesty, and to command reverence and attention. The Targum calls it the whirlwind of distress, as it might be to Job; and a representation of the distressed and disturbed state and condition in which he was. The person that spoke out of it is Jehovah the Son of God, the eternal Word, who very probably appeared in an human form; there was an object seen, ( Job 42:5 ) ; and spoke with an articulate voice to Job;

and said;
in answer to his frequent wishes and desires that the Lord would appear and take his cause in hand.

Job 38:1 In-Context

1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 11:5
  • 2. S Exodus 14:21; S 1 Samuel 2:10; Job 40:6; Isaiah 21:1; Ezekiel 1:4