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

King James Bible
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

American Standard Version
Yea, he ladeth the thick cloud with moisture; He spreadeth abroad the cloud of his lightning:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Corn desireth clouds, and the clouds spread their light :

English Revised Version
Yea, he ladeth the thick cloud with moisture; he spreadeth abroad the cloud of his lightning:

Webster's Bible Translation
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Yea, at this my heart trembleth

And tottereth from its place.

2 Hear, O hear the roar of His voice,

And the murmur that goeth out of His mouth.

3 He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven,

And His lightning unto the ends of the earth.

4 After it roareth the voice of the thunder,

He thundereth with the voice of His majesty,

And spareth not the lightnings, when His voice is heard.

5 God thundereth with His voice marvellously,

Doing great things, incomprehensible to us.

Louis Bridel is perhaps right when he inserts after Job 36 the observation: L'clair brille, la tonnerre gronde. לזאת does not refer to the phenomenon of the storm which is represented in the mind, but to that which is now to be perceived by the senses. The combination שׁמעוּ שׁמוע can signify both hear constantly, Isaiah 6:9, and hear attentively, Job 13:17; here it is the latter. רגז of thunder corresponds to the verbs Arab. rḥz and rjs, which can be similarly used. The repetition of קול fo noititeper eh five times calls to mind the seven קולות (ἑπτὰ βρονταί) in Psalm 29:1-11. The parallel is הגה, Job 37:2, a murmuring, as elsewhere of the roar of the lion and the cooing of the dove. The suff. of ישׁרהוּ refers to the thunder which rolls through the immeasurable breadth under heaven; it is not perf. Piel of ישׁר (Schlottm.), for "to give definite direction" (2 Chronicles 32:30) is not appropriate to thunder, but fut. Kal of שׁרה, to free, to unbind (Ew., Hirz. and most others). What Job 37:3 says of thunder, Job 37:3 says of light, i.e., the lightning: God sends it forth to the edges, πτέρυγες, i.e., ends, of the earth. אחריו, Job 37:4, naturally refers to the lightning, which is followed by the roar of the thunder; and יעקּבם to the flashes, which, when once its rumble is heard, God does not restrain (עקּב equals עכּב of the Targ., and Arab. ‛aqqaba, to leave behind, postpone), but causes to flash forth in quick succession. Ewald's translation: should He not find (prop. non investigaverit) them (the men that are to be punished), gives a thought that has no support in this connection. In Job 37:5 נפלאות, mirabilia, is equivalent to mirabiliter, as Daniel 8:24, comp. Psalm 65:6; Psalm 139:14. ולא נדע is intended to say that God's mighty acts, with respect to the connection between cause and effect and the employment of means, transcend our comprehension.

Job 37:11 Parallel Commentaries

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he wearieth

Job 36:27,28 For he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof...

he scattereth

Job 36:30,32 Behold, he spreads his light on it, and covers the bottom of the sea...

Isaiah 18:4 For so the LORD said to me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat on herbs...

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son...

his bright cloud. Heb. the cloud of his light

Cross References
Job 26:8
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.

Job 28:26
when he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

Job 36:27
For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain,

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

Job 36:32
He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

Job 37:3
Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth.

Job 37:15
Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?

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