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Job 38:12

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

Read Job 38:12 Using Other Translations

Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
"Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,
“Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?

What does Job 38:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 38:12

Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days;
&c.] Job had lived to see many a morning, but it never was in his power to command one; he had been in such circumstances as to wish for morning light before it was, but was obliged to wait for it, could not hasten it, or cause it to spring before its time; see ( Job 7:3 Job 7:4 ) ; one of the Targums is,

``wast thou in the days of the first creation, and commandedst the morning to be?''

he was not, God was; he was before the first morning, and commanded it into being, ( Genesis 1:3-5 ) ( Isaiah 43:13 ) ;

[and] caused the dayspring to know his place;
the first spring of light or dawn of day; which though it has a different place every day in the year, as the sun ascends or descends in the signs of the Zodiac, yet it knows and observes its exact place, being taught of God.

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