Job 36:29
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English Standard Version
Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

King James Bible
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

American Standard Version
Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he will spread out clouds as his tent,

English Revised Version
Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

Webster's Bible Translation
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Job 36:29 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

22 Behold, God acteth loftily in His strength;

Who is a teacher like unto Him?

23 Who hath appointed Him His way,

And who dare say: Thou doest iniquity!?

24 Remember that thou magnify His doing,

Which men have sung.

25 All men delight in it,

Mortal man looketh upon it from afar.

Most modern expositors, after the lxx δυνάστης, give אמת the signification lord, by comparing the Arab. mar-un (imru-un), Syr. mor (with the art. moro) or more (with the art. morjo), Chald. מרא, Talmud. מר (comp. Philo, ii. 522, ed. Mangey: οὃτως, viz., μάριν φασὶ τὸν κύριον ὀνομάζεστηαι παρὰ Σύροις), with it; but Rosenm., Arnh., Lwenthal, Wolfson, and Schlottm., after the Targ., Syr., and Jer., rightly abide by the signification: teacher. For (1) אמת (from הורה, Psalm 25:8, Psalm 25:12; Psalm 32:8) has no etymological connection with mr (of מרא, Arab. maru'a, opimum, robustum esse); (2) it is, moreover, peculiar to Elihu to represent God as a teacher both by dreams and dispensations of affliction, Job 33:14, Job 34:32, and by His creatures, Job 35:11; and (3) the designation of God as an incomparable teacher is also not inappropriate here, after His rule is described in Job 36:22 as transcendently exalted, which on that very account commands to human research a reverence which esteems itself lightly. Job 36:23 is not to be translated: who overlooketh Him in His way? (פּקד with על of the personal and acc. of the neutral obj.), which is without support in the language; but: who has prescribed to Him (פקד על as Job 34:13) His way? i.e., as Rosenm. correctly interprets: quis ei praescripsit quae agere deberet, He is no mandatory, is responsible to no one, and under obligation to no one, and who should dare to say (quis dixerit; on the perf. comp. on Job 35:15): Thou doest evil? - man shall be a docile learner, not a self-satisfied, conceited censurer of the absolute One, whose rule is not to be judged according to the laws of another, but according to His own laws. Thus, then, shall Job remember (memento equals cura ut) to extol (תשׂגּיא, Job 12:23) God's doings, which have been sung (comp. e.g., Psalm 104:22) by אנשׁים, men of the right order (Job 37:24); Jer. de quo cecinerunt viri. שׁרר nowhere has the signification intueri (Rosenm., Umbr.); on the other hand, Elihu is fond of direct (Job 33:27; Job 35:10) and indirect allusions to the Psalms. All men - he continues, with reference to God's פּעל, working - behold it, viz., as בו implies, with pleasure and astonishment; mortals gaze upon it (reverentially) from afar, - the same thought as that which has already (Job 26:14) found the grandest expression in Job's mouth.

Job 36:29 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the spreadings

Job 37:16 Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Job 38:9,37 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling cloth for it...

1 Kings 18:44,45 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there rises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand...

Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks on the wings of the wind:

the noise

Job 37:2-5 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes out of his mouth...

Psalm 18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

Psalm 29:3-10 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters...

Psalm 77:16-19 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled...

Psalm 104:7 At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hurried away.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked...

Habakkuk 3:10 The mountains saw you, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice...

Cross References
2 Samuel 22:12
He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.

Job 26:14
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Job 36:28
which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.

Job 36:30
Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the sea.

Job 37:11
He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.

Job 37:16
Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,

Isaiah 40:22
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

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