38 When the dust groweth [1] into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Other Translations of Job 38:38

New International Version

38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

English Standard Version

38 when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?

The Message

38 When the earth is cracked and dry, the ground baked hard as a brick?

New King James Version

38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?

New Living Translation

38 when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 38:38

Commentary on Job 38:25-41

(Read Job 38:25-41)

Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.