JOB 38:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?”

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Job 38:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Knowest יָ֭דַעְתָּ 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.) Knowest
thou because כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
it, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thou wast then אָ֣ז At that time or place; also as a conjunction, therefore wast then
born? תִּוָּלֵ֑ד To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage born
or the number וּמִסְפַּ֖ר A number, definite (arithmetical) or indefinite (large, innumerable; small, a few); also (abstractly) narration number
because (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of thy days יָמֶ֣יךָ 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) days
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
great? רַבִּֽים׃ Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) great

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

  • 20  That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

  • 21  Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

  • 22  Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

  • 23  Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?




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