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Job 38:23

    Job 38:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, Against the day of battle and war?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Which I have kept for the time of trouble, for the day of war and fighting?

    Webster's Revision

    Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, Against the day of battle and war?

    World English Bible

    which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:23

    Reserved against the time of trouble - לעת צר leeth tsar, "to the season of strictness," i.e., the season when the earth is constringed or bound by the frost.

    Against the day of battle and war? - Hailstones being often employed as instruments of God's displeasure against his enemies, and the enemies of his people. There is probably an allusion here to the plague of hail sent on the Egyptians. See Exodus 9:23 (note), and the notes there, for more particulars concerning hailstones, remarkable showers of them, etc. There may be also a reference to Joshua 10:10-11 (note), where a destructive shower of what are called hailstones fell upon the Canaanitish kings who fought against Israel. See the note there also.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:23

    Which I have reserved - As if they were carefully treasured up to be brought forth as they shall be needed. The idea is, that they were entirely under the direction of God.

    The time of trouble - Herder "the time of need." The meaning probably is, that he had kept them in reserve for the time when he wished to bring calamity on his enemies, or that he made use of them to punish his foes; compare the notes at Job 36:31-33.

    Against the day of battle and war - Hailstones were employed by God sometimes to overwhelm his foes, and were sent against them in time of battle; see Joshua 10:11; Exodus 9:22-26; Psalm 18:12-13; compare the notes at Isaiah 29:6.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:23

    38:23 Trouble - When I intend to bring trouble upon any people for their sins.
    Book: Job