Job 38:4

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Read Job 38:4 Using Other Translations

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.

What does Job 38:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 38:4

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
&c.] The earth has foundations, and such firm ones that it cannot be moved; but what are they, since it is hung in the air on nothing! No other than the power and will of God, who laid these foundations, and the Son of God, who has created and upholds all things by the word of his power, ( Hebrews 1:3 Hebrews 1:10 ) . Where was Job then? In a state of nothingness, a mere nonentity: he was not present when this amazing work of nature was done, and saw not how the Lord went about it; and yet takes upon him to dive into the secret works and ways of Providence, for which he is rebuked by this question and the following;

declare, if thou hast understanding:
Job had the understanding of a man in things natural and civil, and of a good man in things spiritual and divine; but he had no understanding of this, of what he is questioned about; could not declare in what place he was, and where he stood, when the earth was founded.

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