Job 38:4-7

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?
6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?

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Job 38:4-7 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 38

In this chapter the Lord takes up the controversy with Job; calls upon him to prepare to engage with him in it, and demands an answer to posing questions he puts to him, concerning the earth and the fabric of it, Job 38:1-7; concerning the sea, compared to an infant in embryo, at its birth, in its swaddling bands and cradle, Job 38:8-11; concerning the morning light, its spread and influence, Job 38:12-15; concerning the springs of the sea, the dark parts of the earth, the place both of light and darkness, Job 38:16-21; concerning the various meteors, snow, hail, rain, thunder, lightning, and the influences of the stars, Job 38:22-38; and concerning provision for lions and ravens, Job 38:40,41.

Job 38:4-7 In-Context

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?
6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,

Cross References 10

  • 1. S ver 5; S Genesis 1:1; S 1 Samuel 2:8; Psalms 104:5; Proverbs 8:29
  • 2. ver 18; S Job 34:13; Proverbs 30:4
  • 3. ver 4; Psalms 102:25; Proverbs 8:29; Isaiah 40:12; Isaiah 48:13; Jeremiah 31:37
  • 4. Jeremiah 31:39; Zechariah 1:16; Zechariah 4:9-10
  • 5. Proverbs 8:25
  • 6. S Job 26:7
  • 7. S Genesis 1:16
  • 8. Psalms 19:1-4; Psalms 148:2-3
  • 9. S 1 Kings 22:19
  • 10. S Deuteronomy 16:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "the sons of God"