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Job 37:15

    Job 37:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Do you know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Dost thou know how God layeth his charge upon them, And causeth the lightning of his cloud to shine?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have you knowledge of God's ordering of his works, how he makes the light of his cloud to be seen?

    Webster's Revision

    Dost thou know how God layeth his charge upon them, And causeth the lightning of his cloud to shine?

    World English Bible

    Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Dost thou know how God layeth his charge upon them, and causeth the lightning of his cloud to shine?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 37:15

    Dost thou know when God disposed them - Dost thou know the laws by which they are governed; and the causes which produce such and such phenomena?

    And caused the light of his cloud to shine? - Almost every critic of note understands this of the rainbow, which God gave as a sign that the earth should no more be destroyed by water. See Genesis 9:13 (note), and the note there.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 37:15

    Dost thou know when God disposed them? - That is, the winds, the clouds, the cold, the snow, the sky, etc. The question refers to the manner in which God arranges and governs them, rather than to the time when it was done. So the Hebrew implies, and so the connection demands. The question was not whether Job knew "when" all this was done, but whether he could explain "how" it was that God thus arranged and ordered the things referred to. Elihu asks him whether he could explain the manner in which the balancings of the clouds were preserved; in which the lightnings were directed; in which his garments were warm, and in which God had made and sustained the sky? The Septuagint renders this, "We know that God hath disposed his works that he hath made light out of darkness."

    And caused the light of his cloud to shine - That is, Canst thou explain the cause of lightning? Canst thou tell how it is that it seems to break out of a dark cloud? Where has it been concealed? And by what laws is it now brought forth? Elihu assumes that all this was done by the agency of God, and since, as he assumes to be true, it was impossible for people to explain the manner in which it was done, his object is to show that profound veneration should be shown for a God who works in this manner. Somewhat more is known now of the laws by which lightning is produced than there was in the time of Job; but the question may still be asked of man, and is as much fitted to produce awe and veneration as it was then, whether he understands the way in which God produces the bright lightning from the dark bosom of a cloud. Can he tell what is the exact agency of the Most High in it? Can he explain all the laws by which it is done?
    Book: Job