Job 38 – “God’s First Speech – Part I”

pleiades_gendlerHebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God belittles Job by asking if he took part in creation or if he understands the world’s secrets.

II. Photo
God asks Job if he controls the stars: “Can you tie cords to Pleiades Or undo the reins of Orion? Can you lead out Mazzaroth in its season, Conduct the Bear with her sons?” (vv. 31-32)

III. Important Verses
vv. 1-3: Then the LORD replied to Job out of the tempest and said: Who is this who darkens counsel, Speaking without knowledge? Gird your loins like a man; I will ask and you will inform Me.
vv. 4-5: Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations? Speak if you have understanding. Do you know who fixed its dimensions Or who measured it with a line?
v. 16: Have you penetrated to the sources of the sea, Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
v. 17: Have the gates of death been disclosed to you? Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
vv. 31-32: Can you tie cords to Pleiades Or undo the reins of Orion? Can you lead out Mazzaroth in its season, Conduct the Bear with her sons?

IV. Outline

1. Introduction
2-3. Confrontation
4-18. Job does not know about...
    4-7. Earth’s creation
    8-11. The sea
    12-15. Daybreak
    16. The sea
    17. The gates of death
    18. The inside of the earth
19-21. Belittling Job
22-41. Job does not know about...
    22-30. The weather
    31-33. The heavens
    34-38. The weather
    39-40. Job is unable to provide for the lion
    41. Job is unable to provide for the raven

V. Comment
No comment today. I hope to revisit this chapter after I finish the cycle.

VI. Works Used
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