JOB 38:8



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“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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Job 38:8 Translation & Meaning

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Or shut up וַיָּ֣סֶךְ Properly, to entwine as a screen; by implication, to fence in, cover over, (figuratively) protect shut up
who (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the sea יָ֑ם A sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article), the Mediterranean Sea; sometimes a large river, or an artifical basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south sea
with doors, בִּדְלָתַ֣יִם Something swinging, i.e., the valve of a door doors
when it brake forth, בְּ֝גִיח֗וֹ To gush forth (as water), generally to issue brake forth
as if (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
it had issued out יֵצֵֽא׃ To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim issued out
of the womb? מֵרֶ֥חֶם The womb womb

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  • 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?

  • 9  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

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


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