JOB 38:2



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“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?”

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Job 38:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Who מִ֤י Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix Who
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
this זֶ֨ה׀ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
that darkeneth מַחְשִׁ֖יךְ To be dark (as withholding light); transitively, to darken darkeneth
counsel עֵצָ֥ה Advice; by implication, plan; also prudence counsel
by words בְמִלִּ֗ין A word; collectively, a discourse; figuratively, a topic words
without בְּֽלִי Properly, failure, i.e., nothing or destruction; usually (with preposition) without, not yet, because not, as long as, etc without
knowledge? דָֽעַת׃ Knowledge knowledge

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  • 1  Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

  • 2  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

  • 3  Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

  • 4  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.


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