JOB 38:12



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“Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;”

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Job 38:12 Translation & Meaning

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Hast thou commanded צִוִּ֣יתָ (intensively) to constitute, enjoin commanded
the morning בֹּ֑קֶר Properly, dawn (as the break of day); generally, morning morning
since thy days; הֲֽ֭מִיָּמֶיךָ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) since days
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
caused the dayspring שַּׁ֣חַר Dawn (literal, figurative or adverbial) caused dayspring
to know יִדַּ֖עְתָּהַ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) know
his place; מְקֹמֽוֹ׃ Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place

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  • 10  And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

  • 11  And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

  • 12  Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

  • 13  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

  • 14  It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.


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