Job 28:26
New International Version
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Living Translation
He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning.

English Standard Version
when he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

Berean Study Bible
when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt,

King James Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

New King James Version
When He made a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt,

New American Standard Bible
When He made a limit for the rain, And a course for the thunderbolt,

NASB 1995
When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,

NASB 1977
When He set a limit for the rain, And a course for the thunderbolt,

Amplified Bible
When He made a limit for the rain And a way for the thunderbolt,

Christian Standard Bible
when he established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,

American Standard Version
When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He made a law for the rain and a way for the sights of loud noise

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When he made them, thus he saw and numbered them, and made a way for the pealing of the thunder.

Contemporary English Version
and when he decided the path for rain and lightning,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms.

English Revised Version
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Good News Translation
When God decided where the rain would fall, And the path that the thunderclouds travel;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he made rules for the rain and set paths for the thunderstorms,

International Standard Version
He set in place ordinances for the rain; and determined the pathway for thunder that accompanies lightning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He made a decree for the rain, And a way for the storm of thunders;

Literal Standard Version
In His making for the rain a limit, And a way for the brightness of the voices,

NET Bible
When he imposed a limit for the rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Heart English Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;

World English Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Young's Literal Translation
In His making for the rain a limit, And a way for the brightness of the voices,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
25When God fixed the weight of the wind and measured out the waters, 26when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt, 27then He looked at wisdom and appraised it; He established it and searched it out.…

Cross References
Job 28:27
then He looked at wisdom and appraised it; He established it and searched it out.

Job 37:3
He unleashes His lightning beneath the whole sky and sends it to the ends of the earth.

Job 37:6
For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the gentle rain, 'Pour out a mighty downpour.'

Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.

Job 38:25
Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt,

Job 38:26
to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives,

Psalm 135:7
He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He generates the lightning with the rain and brings forth the wind from His storehouses.


Treasury of Scripture

When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

he made

Job 36:26,32
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out…

Job 38:25
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

Psalm 148:8
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

a way

Job 37:3
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

Psalm 29:3-10
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters…









Verse 26. - When he made a decree for the rain. God "made a decree for the rain" when be placed the fall of rain under fixed and unalterable laws. In some countries rainy seasons begin almost regularly on a fixed day in the calendar, while for several months in the year it is almost certain that rain will not fall. Even where there is no such exact regularity as this, the rainfall has its laws, since there are maxima and minima which are never exceeded. And a way for the lightning of the thunder. God gave laws to the electric current, and prescribed the "way" that it should take in its passage from heaven to earth, or from cloud to cloud, or from earth to heaven. Everything was ruled beforehand by Infinite Wisdom.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
when He set
בַּעֲשֹׂת֣וֹ‪‬ (ba·‘ă·ś·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

a limit
חֹ֑ק (ḥōq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

for the rain
לַמָּטָ֣ר (lam·mā·ṭār)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4306: Rain

and a path
וְ֝דֶ֗רֶךְ (wə·ḏe·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

for the thunderbolt,
לַחֲזִ֥יז (la·ḥă·zîz)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2385: A thunderbolt, lightning flash


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