Easy Read Study Bible                                           Front Page


(Return to Old Testament Contents)


FRAMEWORKS: Job 38: The LORD Speaks about Creation [ch.1 of 4]


[Introduction to the God's words: Before you read the following chapters, check how you envisage the tone of voice of the Lord. So often we envisage these words coming in anger AND as a rebuke. The latter is true but it would be possible to read these pages with a gentle tone of a loving father who is explaining to a confused son. His goal is not to provide an ethical or moral treatise that answers all the questions, comments and assertions that have gone on in the previous chapters – He leaves us to work out those things in study and meditation. He simply wants to remind Job, and the others and us, of His greatness so that at the end, we may arrive at the same conclusion as the apostle Paul did on one occasion when he wrote, But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” [Rom 9:20] The following chapters are perhaps one of the greatest challenges in the Bible, to modern man, to gain a right perspective. We will say more at the end in the Appendix.]


[Preliminary Comments: This chapter is a torrent of questions for which the Lord obviously doesn't wait to give Job time to answer. Many of them start ‘Who' and simply point to His greatness. Some of them start, “Can you” challenging Job and revealing his total inadequacy in comparison to God. God is all-mighty, all-powerful, all knowing, Creator of all things. Job is nothing in comparison.]



v.1  Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 

v.2 Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 

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


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

v.5  Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 

v.6  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 

v.7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? 

v.8  Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 

v.9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 

v.10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 

v.11  when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'? 

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

v.13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? 

v.14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. 

v.15  The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. 

v.16  “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? 

v.17  Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 

v.18  Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. 


v.19 What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? 

v.20  Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? 

v.21  Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! 

v.22  “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, 

v.23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? 

v.24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? 

v.25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, 

v.26 to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, 

v.27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? 

v.28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? 

v.29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens 

v.30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen? 


v.31 Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion's belt? 

v.32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? 

v.33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth? 

v.34 Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? 

v.35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are'? 


v.36 Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding? 

v.37  Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens 

v.38  when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together? 

v.39  “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions 

v.40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? 

v.41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?



[Concluding Comments: There are thirty-five rhetorical questions [marked out in bold], a river of questions for Job that basically say to Job, “I AM the Creator of this world and by comparison you know nothing and have no power – I have it all. It is as simple as that.]



Continue to Chapter 39