Job 37:13
New International Version
He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love.

New Living Translation
He makes these things happen either to punish people or to show his unfailing love.

English Standard Version
Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.

Berean Study Bible
Whether for punishment or for His land, He accomplishes this in His loving devotion.

New American Standard Bible
"Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

New King James Version
He causes it to come, Whether for correction, Or for His land, Or for mercy.

King James Bible
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

Christian Standard Bible
He causes this to happen for punishment, for his land, or for his faithful love.

Contemporary English Version
to release their cargo--sometimes as punishment for sin, sometimes as kindness.

Good News Translation
God sends rain to water the earth; he may send it to punish us, or to show us his favor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He causes this to happen for punishment, for His land, or for His faithful love.

International Standard Version
whether for discipline on his land or to demonstrate his gracious love, he causes it to be realized."

NET Bible
Whether it is for punishment for his land, or whether it is for mercy, he causes it to find its mark.

New Heart English Bible
Whether it is for correction, or for his land, or for loving kindness, that he causes it to come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whether for discipline, or for [the good of] his earth, or out of mercy, he makes the storm appear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whether it be for correction, or for His earth, Or for mercy, that He cause it to come.

New American Standard 1977
“Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

Jubilee Bible 2000
On some occasions for correction, on others for his land, on others for mercy he causes them to appear.

King James 2000 Bible
He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

American King James Version
He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

American Standard Version
Whether it be for correction, or for his land, Or for lovingkindness, that he cause it to come.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
this has been appointed by him on the earth, whether for correction, or for his land, or if he shall find him an object for mercy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whether in one tribe, or in his own land, or in what place soever of his mercy he shall command them to be found.

Darby Bible Translation
Whether he cause it to come as a rod, or for his land, or in mercy.

English Revised Version
Whether it be for correction, or for his land, or for mercy, that he cause it to come.

Webster's Bible Translation
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

World English Bible
Whether it is for correction, or for his land, or for loving kindness, that he causes it to come.

Young's Literal Translation
Whether for a rod, or for His land, Or for kindness -- He doth cause it to come.
Study Bible
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
12They swirl about, whirling at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth. 13Whether for punishment or for His land, He accomplishes this in His loving devotion. 14Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wonders of God.…
Cross References
Exodus 9:18
Behold, at this time tomorrow I will rain down the worst hail that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded until now.

Exodus 9:23
So Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning struck the earth. So the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 12:18
So Samuel called to the LORD, and on that day the LORD sent thunder and rain. As a result, all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

1 Samuel 12:19
They pleaded with Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for your servants so that we will not die! For we have added to all our sins the evil of asking for a king."

1 Kings 18:41
And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain."

Job 36:31
For by these He judges the nations and provides food in abundance.

Job 37:14
Listen to this, Job; stand still and consider the wonders of God.

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

Job 38:27
to satisfy the parched wasteland and make it sprout with tender grass?

Treasury of Scripture

He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

whether

Job 37:6
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

Job 36:31
For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

Job 38:37,38
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, …

correction.

Job 38:26,27
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; …

for mercy

2 Samuel 21:10,14
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night…

1 Kings 18:45
And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

Joel 2:23
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.







Lexicon
Whether
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

for punishment
לְשֵׁ֥בֶט (lə·šê·ḇeṭ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

or
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

for His land,
לְאַרְצ֑וֹ (lə·’ar·ṣōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

He accomplishes this
יַמְצִאֵֽהוּ׃ (yam·ṣi·’ê·hū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

in His loving devotion.
לְ֝חֶ֗סֶד (lə·ḥe·seḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty
Verse 13. - He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. God has different purposes in directing the rain hither or thither. Sometimes his object is to punish by violent or excessive rainfall: sometimes it is to fertilize his own special land; sometimes it is out of kindness to men generally. 37:1-13 The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! We must notice the glory of God, not only in the thunder and lightning, but in the more common and less awful changes of the weather; as the snow and rain. Nature directs all creatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man only be unprovided with a refuge? Oh that men would listen to the voice of God, who in many ways warns them to flee from the wrath to come; and invites them to accept his salvation, and to be happy. The ill opinion which men entertain of the Divine direction, peculiarly appears in their murmurs about the weather, though the whole result of the year proves the folly of their complaints. Believers should avoid this; no days are bad as God makes them, though we make many bad by our sins.
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