Job 38:29
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English Standard Version
From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?

King James Bible
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

American Standard Version
Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Out of whose womb came the ice; and the frost from heaven who hath gendered it?

English Revised Version
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

Webster's Bible Translation
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

Job 38:29 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

22 Hast thou reached the treasures of the snow,

And didst thou see the treasures of the hail,

23 Which I have reserved for a time of trouble,

For the day of battle and war?

24 Which is the way where the light is divided,

Where the east wind is scattered over the earth?

25 Who divideth a course for the rain-flood

And the way of the lightning of thunder,

26 That it raineth on the land where no one dwelleth,

On the tenantless steppe,

27 To satisfy the desolate and the waste,

And to cause the tender shoot of the grass to spring forth?

The idea in Job 38:22 is not that - as for instance the peasants of Menn, four hours' journey from Damascus, garner up the winter snow in a cleft of the rock, in order to convey it to Damascus and the towns of the coast in the hot months - God treasures up the snow and hail above to cause it to descend according to opportunity. אצרות (comp. Psalm 135:7) are the final causes of these phenomena which God has created - the form of the question, the design of which (which must not be forgotten) is ethical, not scientific, is regulated according to the infancy of the perception of natural phenomena among the ancients; but at the same time in accordance with the poet's task, and even, as here, in the choice of the agents of destruction, not merely hail, but also snow, according to the scene of the incident. Wetzstein has in his possession a writing of Muhammed el-Chatb el-Bosrwi, in which he describes a fearful fall of snow in Hauran, by which, in February 1860, innumerable herds of sheep, goats, and camels, and also many human beings perished.

(Note: Since the Hauranites say of snow as of fire: jahrik, it burns (brlant in French is also used of extreme cold), Job 1:16 might also be understood of a fall of snow; but the tenor of the words there requires it to be understood of actual fire.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Job 6:16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

Job 37:10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

Psalm 147:16,17 He gives snow like wool: he scatters the hoarfrost like ashes...

Cross References
Job 37:10
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.

Job 38:30
The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Psalm 147:16
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.

Psalm 147:17
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?

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