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Job 38:27

    Job 38:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    To satisfy the waste and desolate ground , And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To give water to the land where there is waste and destruction, and to make the dry land green with young grass?

    Webster's Revision

    To satisfy the waste and desolate ground , And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

    World English Bible

    to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    To satisfy the waste and desolate ground; and to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:27

    To satisfy the desolate and waste - The thunder cloud not only explodes over inhabited countries, that the air may be purified and the rain sent down to fertilize the earth, but it is conducted over deserts where there is no human inhabitant; and this to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth: for there are beasts, fowls, and insects, that inhabit the desert and the wilderness, and must be nourished by the productions of the ground. Every tribe of animals was made by the hand of God, and even the lowest of them is supported by his kind providence.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:27

    To satisfy the desolate and waste ground - As if it lifted an imploring voice to God, and he sent down the rain to satisfy it. The desert is thus like a thirsty pilgrim. It is parched, and thirsty, and sad, and it appeals to God, and he meets its needs, and satisfies it.

    Or to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth - In the desert. There God works alone. No man is there to cultivate the extended wilds, and yet an unseen agency is going forward. The grass springs up; the bud opens; the leaf expands; the flowers breathe forth their fragrance as if they were under the most careful cultivation. All this must be the work of God, since it cannot even be pretended that man is there to produce these effects. Perhaps one would be more deeply impressed with a sense of the presence of God in the pathless desert, or on the boundless prairie, where no man is, than in the most splendid park, or the most tastefully cultivated garden which man could make. In the one case, the hand of God alone is seen; in the other, we are constantly admiring the skill of man.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:27

    38:27 To bring forth - Hitherto God has put such questions to Job, as were proper to convince him of his ignorance. Now he comes to convince him of his impotence. As it is but little that he can know, and therefore he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels, so it is but little he can do; and therefore he ought not to oppose Divine providence.
    Book: Job