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Job 38:16

    Job 38:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have you come into the springs of the sea, walking in the secret places of the deep?

    Webster's Revision

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

    World English Bible

    "Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

    Definitions for Job 38:16

    Sea - Large basin.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:16

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? - Of these springs, inlets, or outlets of the sea, we know just as much as Job. There was prevalent among philosophers an opinion, that through a porous bottom fresh matter was constantly oozing by which the sea was supplied with new materials. But through such pores these materials might as well ooze out as ooze in.

    Walked in the search of the depth? - Hast thou walked from the shallow beach through the great ocean's bed, till thou hast arrived at its profoundest depths? In other words, Dost thou know the depths of the sea? Job, we may presume, did not. No man since him has found them out. In multitudes of places they are unfathomed by any means hitherto used by man.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:16

    Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? - The word here rendered "springs" (נבך nêbek), occurs nowhere else in the Scriptures. It is rendered by the Vulgate "profunda," the deep parts; and by the Septuagint πηγὴν pēgēn - "fountains." The reference seems to be to the deep fountains at the bottom of the sea, which were supposed to supply it with water. A large portion of the water of the ocean is indeed conveyed to it by rivers and streams that run on the surface of the earth. But it is known, also, that there are fountains at the bottom of the ocean, and in some places the amount of water that flows from them is so great, that its action is perceptible at the surface. One such fountain exists in the Atlantic ocean near the coast of Florida.

    Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? - Or, rather, in the deep places or caverns of the ocean. The word rendered "search" here (חקר chêqer), means "searching," investigation, and then an object that is to be searched out, and hence, that which is obscure, remote, hidden. Then it may be applied to the deep caverns of the ocean, or the bottom of the sea. This is to man unsearchable. No line has been found long enough to fathom the ocean, and of course what is there is unknown. It is adduced, therefore, with great propriety as a proof of the wisdom of God, that he could look on the deep caverns of the ocean, and was able to search out all that was there. A sentiment similar to this occurs in Homer, when speaking of Atlas:

    Ὅατε θαλάσσης;

    Πάσης βένθεα οἷδεν.

    Hoate thalassēs;

    Pasēs benthea oiden.

    Odyssey Job 1:5.

    "Who knows the depths of every sea."

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:16

    38:16 Springs - Heb. the tears; the several springs out of which the waters of the sea flow as tears do from the eyes. Walked - Hast thou found out the utmost depth of the sea, which in divers places could never be reached by the wisest mariner? And how then canst thou fathom the depths of my counsels?
    Book: Job