Job 36:32
New International Version
He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

New Living Translation
He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target.

English Standard Version
He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

Berean Study Bible
He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

New American Standard Bible
"He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

New King James Version
He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike.

King James Bible
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

Christian Standard Bible
He covers his hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

Contemporary English Version
Each flash of lightning is one of his arrows striking its target,

Good News Translation
He seizes the lightning with his hands and commands it to hit the mark.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He covers His hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

International Standard Version
His hands are covered with lightning that he commands to strike his designated target.

NET Bible
With his hands he covers the lightning, and directs it against its target.

New Heart English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He fills his hands with lightning and orders it to hit the target.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He covereth His hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

New American Standard 1977
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With the clouds he covers the light and commands them to come against the light.

King James 2000 Bible
With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

American King James Version
With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

American Standard Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He has hidden the light in his hands, and given charge concerning it to the interposing cloud.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In his hands he hideth the light, and commandeth it to come again.

Darby Bible Translation
[His] hands he covereth with lightning, and commandeth it where it is to strike.

English Revised Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning; and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Webster's Bible Translation
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the intervening cloud.

World English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

Young's Literal Translation
By two palms He hath covered the light, And layeth a charge over it in meeting,
Study Bible
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
31For by these He judges the nations and provides food in abundance. 32He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. 33The thunder declares His presence; even the cattle regard the rising storm.…
Cross References
Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.

Job 37:12
They swirl about, turning round and round at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth.

Job 38:35
Can you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

Treasury of Scripture

With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

Job 26:9
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Exodus 10:21-23
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt…

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







Lexicon
He fills
כִּסָּה־ (kis·sāh-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

His hands
כַּפַּ֥יִם (kap·pa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

with lightning
א֑וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

and commands
וַיְצַ֖ו (way·ṣaw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

it
עָלֶ֣יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

to strike its mark.
בְמַפְגִּֽיעַ׃ (ḇə·map̄·gî·a‘)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6293: To impinge, by accident, violence, by importunity
(32) With clouds.--The word here rendered "clouds" really means hands, and there seems to be no good reason why it should be otherwise understood. The verse will then read, "He covereth the lightning with His hands, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark;" or, according to some, "giveth it a charge against the assailant." The figure is that of a man hurling a stone or bolt, and taking aim; and a very fine one the image is. The Authorised Version cannot be right with its five inserted words.

Verse 32. - With clouds he covereth the light; rather, he covereth both his hands with light, i.e. with the lightning. So Vul was represented in Assyrian and Zeus in Greek mythology, as filling their hands with thunderbolts, and hurling them upon their foes in their wrath. And commandeth it not to shine, etc. This rendering is wholly indefensible. Translate, And layeth command upon it that it strike the mark (compare the Revised Version). 36:24-33 Elihu endeavours to fill Job with high thought of God, and so to persuade him into cheerful submission to his providence. Man may see God's works, and is capable of discerning his hand in them, which the beasts are not, therefore they ought to give him the glory. But while the worker of iniquity ought to tremble, the true believer should rejoice. Children should hear with pleasure their Father's voice, even when he speaks in terror to his enemies. There is no light but there may be a cloud to intercept it. The light of the favour of God, the light of his countenance, the most blessed light of all, even that light has many a cloud. The clouds of our sins cause the Lord to his face, and hinder the light of his loving-kindness from shining on our souls.
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