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Job 26:9

    Job 26:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    By him the face of his high seat is veiled, and his cloud stretched out over it.

    Webster's Revision

    He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it.

    World English Bible

    He encloses the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He closeth in the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 26:9

    He holdeth back the face of his throne - Though all these are most elegant effects of an omniscient and almighty power, yet the great Agent is not personally discoverable; he dwelleth in light unapproachable, and in mercy hides himself from the view of his creatures. The words, however may refer to those obscurations of the face of heaven, and the hiding of the body of the sun, when the atmosphere is laden with dense vapours, and the rain begins to be poured down on the earth.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 26:9

    He holdeth back the face of his throne - That is, he does not exhibit it - he covers it with clouds. The idea seems to be, that God sometimes comes forth and manifests himself to mankind, but that he comes encompassed with clouds, so that his throne cannot be seen. So in Psalm 18:11, "He made darkness his secret place, his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies." God is often represented as encompassed with clouds, or as accompanied with tempests.

    And spreadeth his cloud upon it - That is, so that it cannot be seen. There is much poetic beauty in this image. It is, that the clouds are made to conceal the splendor of the throne of God from the sight of man, and that all their sublimity and grandeur, as they roll on one another, and all their beauty when painted with so many colors in the evening, are designed to hide that throne from mortal eyes. No one sees God; and though it is manifest that he is every where employed, and that he comes forth with amazing grandeur in the works of creation and providence, yet he is himself invisible.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 26:9

    26:9 Holdeth - From our view, that his glory may not dazzle our sight; he covereth it with a cloud. Throne - The heaven of heavens, where he dwelleth.
    Book: Job