JOB 38:6



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“Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;”

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Job 38:6 Translation & Meaning

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Whereupon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications Whereupon
are the foundations אֲדָנֶ֣יהָ A basis (of a building, a column, etc.) are foundations
thereof fastened? הָטְבָּ֑עוּ To sink thereof fastened
or א֥וֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
who מִֽי Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix who
laid יָ֝רָ֗ה Properly, to flow as water (i.e., to rain); transitively, to lay or throw (especially an arrow, i.e., to shoot); figuratively, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach laid
the corner פִּנָּתָֽהּ׃ An angle; by implication, a pinnacle; figuratively, a chieftain corner
stone אֶ֣בֶן A stone stone
thereof; אֶ֣בֶן A stone thereof

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

  • 5  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

  • 6  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

  • 7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

  • 8  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?


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