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Job 38:18

    Job 38:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have you taken note of the wide limits of the earth? Say, if you have knowledge of it all.

    Webster's Revision

    Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

    World English Bible

    Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Hast thou comprehended the breadth of the earth? declare, if thou knowest it all.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:18

    The breadth of the earth? - At that time the circumference of the globe was not known, because the earth itself was supposed to be a vast extended plain, bordered all round with the ocean and the sky.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:18

    Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? - How far the earth extends. To see the force of this, we must remember that the early conception of the earth was that it was a vast plain, and that in the time of Job its limits were unknown. One of the earliest and most obvious inquiries would naturally be, What was the extent of the earth? By what was it bounded? And what was the character of the regions beyond those which were then known? All this was hidden from man at that time, and God, therefore, asks with emphasis whether Job had been able to determine this great inquiry. The knowledge of this is put on the same foundation as that of the depths of the sea, and of the dark regions of the dead, and in the time of Job the one was as much unknown as the other. God, who knew all this, must, therefore, be infinitely exalted above man.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:18

    38:18 Breadth - The whole compass and all the parts of it?
    Book: Job