Job 38:3

3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

Job 38:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
ESV
3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
NLT
3 Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
MSG
3 Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall! I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers.
CSB
3 Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me.

Job 38:3 Meaning and Commentary

Job 38:3

Gird up now thy loins like a man
Like a man of valour that girds on his harness for battle: Job is bid to prepare for the controversy the Lord was entering into with him; and bring forth his strong reasons and most powerful arguments in his own defence. The allusion is to the custom in the eastern countries, where they wore long garments, to gird them about their loins, when they engaged in work or war. Job had blustered what he would do, and now he is dared to it; see ( Job 23:4-6 ) ( 31:37 ) ;

for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me;
put questions to him, to which he required a direct and positive answer. Jehovah takes the part of the opponent in this dispute, and gives that of the respondent to Job; since Job himself had put it to his option which to take, ( Job 13:22 ) .

Job 38:3 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 1

  • 1. Job 40:7; Job 42:4; Mark 11:29