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

King James Bible
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

American Standard Version
Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; And he covereth the bottom of the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And lighten with his light from above, he shall cover also the ends of the sea.

English Revised Version
Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; and he covereth the bottom of the sea.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

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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.

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Job 38:25,34,35 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder...

Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven...


Job 38:8-11 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb...

Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

Exodus 14:22,28 And the children of Israel went into the middle of the sea on the dry ground: and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand...

Exodus 15:4,5 Pharaoh's chariots and his host has he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea...

Psalm 18:11-16 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies...

Psalm 104:5-9 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever...

bottom. Heb. roots

Cross References
Job 36:29
Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

Job 36:31
For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.

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