New Defender's Study Bible Notes
38:8 when it brake forth. The Lord next reminds Job of the great Flood, when mighty waters “brake forth” from both the skies and the subterranean deep. This also could not be explained by uniformitarianism, but only by divine power and revelation.
38:9 cloud the garment thereof. Prior to the Flood, there had been no rain (Genesis 2:5), but as the great vapor blanket condensed into thick clouds, the earth suddenly was darkened for at least forty days while the torrents poured down all over the world.
38:10 bars and doors. After the Flood, great topographic changes confined the waters in great ocean basins, from which they can never escape.
38:11 no further. In accord with God’s covenant with Noah, the Flood (Hebrew mabbul) can never again return to cover the earth (Genesis 9:11). These two great events of the past—Creation and the Flood—constitute a permanent barrier to any proposed explanation of origins by evolutionary uniformitarianism.