JOB 38:17



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“Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?”

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Job 38:17 Translation & Meaning

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Have the gates שַׁעֲרֵי An opening, i.e., door or gate gates
of death מָ֑וֶת Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death
been opened הֲנִגְל֣וּ To denude (especially in a disgraceful sense); by implication, to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively, to reveal been opened
unto thee? or hast thou seen תִּרְאֶֽה׃ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seen
the doors וְשַׁעֲרֵ֖י An opening, i.e., door or gate doors
of the shadow of death? צַלְמָ֣וֶת Shade of death, i.e., the grave (figuratively, calamity) shadow death

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  • 15  And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

  • 16  Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

  • 17  Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

  • 18  Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

  • 19  Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,


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