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Job 38 - NIV

The Lord Speaks

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


“Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?

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


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

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

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

7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?


“Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,

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

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

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


“Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,

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

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

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


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

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

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


“What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?

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

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


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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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


“Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?

33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s[e] dominion over the earth?


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

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

36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
or gives the rooster understanding?[g]

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

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


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

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

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


a. Job 38:7 Hebrew the sons of God
b. Job 38:31 Septuagint; Hebrew beauty
c. Job 38:32 Or out Leo
d. Job 38:32 Or the morning star in its season
e. Job 38:33 Or their
f. Job 38:36 That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
g. Job 38:36 That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile

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Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jan, 2017
Summary: A study of the book of Job 38: 1 – 41
Series: Job
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Shared by: Cletus Blamo on Sep, 2016
Scripture: Job 38:12-13
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 226
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Creation and Chaos
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Aug, 2016
Summary: God questions Jobs ability to question the Creator of the Universe.
Series: Pentecost
Scripture: Job 38:25-42:6
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 350
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God's Answers to Suffering
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Jul, 2016
Summary: God asserts God's divine wisdom and talks about the limits of Jobs understanding.
Series: Pentecost
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 31:35-38:11
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 128
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Jun, 2016
Scripture: Job 38:1-15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 120
Doug Gorman avatar
God’s Refining Fire
Shared by: Doug Gorman on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: suresh manoharan on Mar, 2016
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Scripture: Job 38:7
Denomination: *other
Views: 232
Paul Carlson avatar
Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Since Christ is the revelation of God, you are able to know God and thus worship Him.
Series: O.T. Survey
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 154
Jason Smith avatar
The Problem of Evil and a Good God
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: There is a subject that comes up many times whenever we talk to the lost about the God of the Bible and His nature. It has led many people to reject God and has challenged Christians in their faith. The topic: the problem of evil. How would you answer it?
Scripture: Job 38:2-6
Views: 2,261
Chuck Sligh avatar
Treasures of the Snow
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Jan, 2012
Summary: All kids & kids at heart love snow. A new blanket of snow is like a new year. This sermon uses the word picture of snow to describe the choices we have for the new year.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,741
Pastor Brad Henry avatar
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Shared by: Pastor Brad Henry on Sep, 2011
Summary: God desires to hear our frustrations even at Him. The psalms are all about questiong God. But we need to aks, we need to know that God loves us enough to be honest. Don't live this life pretending trials and pain don't exist. God can handle our pain and Y
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Scripture: Job 38:35-41
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 571
Fred Markes avatar
Got Questions
Shared by: Fred Markes on Aug, 2011
Summary: A sermon series on Job
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-40:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,601
Allan Quak avatar
God’s Answer: I Know It All
Shared by: Allan Quak on Aug, 2011
Summary: Through a series of questions God gets Job to understand that he does not need to understand - Job needs to trust God. Job realises just how insignificant he really is.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,147
Keith Peters avatar
Treasure of the Snow
Shared by: Keith Peters on Jul, 2011
Summary: Snow teaches many of God's treasures.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,354
Mike Fogerson avatar
The Sovereingty of God
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Sep, 2010
Summary: God is a Rock, and sometimes He cannot be moved.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 38:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 707
David Smith avatar
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Shared by: David Smith on Oct, 2009
Summary: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2) Yes, I’m quoting God from the book of Job, chapter 38, second verse - a book that I’ve finally decided, reluctantly, needs to be looked at.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 38:1-999
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 1,446
James May avatar
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Shared by: James May on Oct, 2009
Summary: Job’s story is a learning lesson for all of us to not question God, but to trust Him to the end. His love in the midst of trial will build up us, not allow us to be destroyed.
based on 18 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 15,182
Ken Harris avatar
"God's voice is in the storm"
Shared by: Ken Harris on Oct, 2009
Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to encourage the hearers to TRUST God at all time regardless of the circumstances.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,988
Judith Hand avatar
Audacity and Humility (Or Pride and the Perfect Man)
Shared by: Judith Hand on Oct, 2009
Summary: Comparing the audacity of Job questioning God and James and John’s request to sit on the right and left of the throne to the humility of Christ.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-41
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 932
Michael Hopkins avatar
The significance of questions
Shared by: Michael Hopkins on Jun, 2009
Summary: Lookign at questions in the context of Job 38, and Jesus stilling the storm in Mark 4
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-11
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 681
Joseph Smith avatar
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Mar, 2009
Summary: We want to manage our own spiritual lives, but the truth is we do not understand,nor do we know enough. Trust God, who has vindicated our hope in Christ the sufferer now victorious.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-43:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,037
Tom Shepard avatar
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Sep, 2008
Summary: A study into Job chapter thirty eight.
based on 26 ratings
Views: 4,297
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Shared by: Timm Meyer on Jun, 2008
Summary: Pentecost 5(B) - It is the Lord’s purpose that always prevails. As mankind is often challenged to understand, then our God diplays his mighty power.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-11
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 3,116
Brien Sims avatar
God's Greatness
Shared by: Brien Sims on Jun, 2008
Summary: Let’s focus on just how BIG our God is and what He can do. There is joy in knowing He is bigger than us.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:17
Views: 1,924
Brian Bill avatar
God's Answers to Our Questions
Shared by: Brian Bill on Mar, 2008
Summary: We can’t change our circumstances but we can change how we respond to them by looking at the God of Nature and the Nature of God.
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 8,937
Sherm Nichols avatar
Now My Eyes Have Seen You
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Jan, 2008
Summary: A moment to consider the wonders of God as a means to a right perspective in life - as Job did.
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:17
Views: 3,965
Brian Menear avatar
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Shared by: Brian Menear on Apr, 2007
Summary: Dealing with tests and trial prepares us for the challenges ahead in Gods plan for us.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:4
Views: 2,169
Joseph Smith avatar
Declare If You Know
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Apr, 2007
Summary: Declare if you know. Interesting word, “Declare”. As in the Declaration of Independence, or the Balfour Declaration. The word suggests speaking with force and clarity, with certainty and intensity. Some folks do not declare, they merely suggest.
Series: I Know
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 549
Russell Brownworth avatar
Out of the Whirlwind
Shared by: Russell Brownworth on Oct, 2006
Summary: We all want to know why we suffer.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-7
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 2,057
Bruce Shields avatar
The Many Aspects of Reverence
Shared by: Bruce Shields on Jan, 2006
Summary: A closer look at what reverence is and how we can better show reverence to God.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Job 38:1-42:6
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 706