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Job 38:20

    Job 38:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that you might take it to its limit, guiding it to its house?

    Webster's Revision

    That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

    World English Bible

    that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

    Definitions for Job 38:20

    Bound - Landmark.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:20

    Shouldest take it to the bound thereof? - Or, as Mr. Good, translates, "That thou shouldest lay hold of it in its boundary." That thou shouldest go to the very spot where light commences, and where darkness ends; and see the house where each dwells. Here darkness and light are personified, each as a real intelligent being, having a separate existence and local dwelling. But poetry animates everything. It is the region of fictitious existence. I believe this verse should be translated thus: - "For thou canst take Us to its boundary; for thou knowest the paths to its house." This is a strong irony, and there are several others in this Divine speech. Job had valued himself too much on his knowledge; and a chief object of this august speech is to humble his "knowing pride," and to cause him to seek true wisdom and humility where they are to be found.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:20

    That thou shouldest take it to the bounds thereof - Margin, "or, at." The sense seems to be this: God asks Job whether he was so well acquainted with the sources of light, and the place where it dwelt, that he could take it under his guidance and reconduct it to its place of abode.

    And that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? - The same idea is repeated here. Light has a home; a place of abode. It was far distant - in some region unknown to man. Did Job know the way in which it came, and the place where it dwelt so well, that he could conduct it back again to its own dwelling? Umbreit, Noyes, and Herder, suppose that this is to be understood ironically.

    "For thou hast reached its boundaries!

    For then knowest the path to its dwelling!"

    But it has been commonly regarded as a question, and thus understood it accords better with the connection.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:20

    38:20 Take it - Bring or lead it: and this it refers principally to the light, and to darkness, as the consequent of the other. Bound - Its whole course from the place of its abode whence it is supposed to come, to the end of its journey. Know - Where thou mayst find it, and whence thou mayst fetch it.
    Book: Job