16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
16 "Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
16 "Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things, explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean?
16 "Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
16 "Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you explored their depths?
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 38:16
Commentary on Job 38:12-24
(Read Job 38:12-24)
The Lord questions Job, to convince him of his ignorance, and shame him for his folly in prescribing to God. If we thus try ourselves, we shall soon be brought to own that what we know is nothing in comparison with what we know not. By the tender mercy of our God, the Day-spring from on high has visited us, to give light to those that sit in darkness, whose hearts are turned to it as clay to the seal, 2 Corinthians 4:6. God's way in the government of the world is said to be in the sea; this means, that it is hid from us. Let us make sure that the gates of heaven shall be opened to us on the other side of death, and then we need not fear the opening of the gates of death. It is presumptuous for us, who perceive not the breadth of the earth, to dive into the depth of God's counsels. We should neither in the brightest noon count upon perpetual day, nor in the darkest midnight despair of the return of the morning; and this applies to our inward as well as to our outward condition. What folly it is to strive against God! How much is it our interest to seek peace with him, and to keep in his love!