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Job 38:34

    Job 38:34 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Is your voice sent up to the cloud, so that you may be covered by the weight of waters?

    Webster's Revision

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

    World English Bible

    "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover you?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:34

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds - Canst thou produce lightning and thunder, that water may be formed, and poured down upon the earth? Thunder is called קלות koloth, voices; for it is considered the voice of God: here then Job's voice, קולך kolecha, is opposed to the voice of Jehovah!

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:34

    Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? - That is, canst thou command the clouds so that they shall send down abundant rain? Bouillier supposes that there is an allusion here to the incantations which were pretended to be practiced by the Magi, by which they claimed the power of producing rain at pleasure; compare Jeremiah 14:22, "Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles (the idols that they worship) that can cause rain? Art not thou he, O Lord our God?" The idea is, that it is God only who can cause rain, and that the control of the clouds from which rain descends is wholly beyond the reach of man.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:34

    38:34 Cover thee - Thy land when it needs rain.
    Book: Job