Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me, if you understand. (NIV)
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.(KJV)
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding, (NASB)
God asked Job if he participated in creation as He did. That was a crushing, humbling query with an obvious "no" answer.
MacArthur, John Jr: The MacArthur Study Bible. electronic ed. Nashville : Word Pub., 1997, c1997, S. Job 38:4
"Laying the Foundations of the Earth"
Public building projects in the ancient Near East were begun with religious rituals, including liturgical singing in praise of the major deities. Kings ritually, if not actually, helped set the foundations of temples and symbolically aided the construction workers in laying walls and fastening gates.
In Job 38:4-7, the universe is pictured as a great building project by God. All the inhabitants of heaven sing for joy as the foundations of the earth are laid (Job 38:7).
Radmacher, Earl D. ; Allen, Ronald Barclay ; House, H. Wayne: Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Nashville : T. Nelson Publishers, 1999, S. Job 38:4-7
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