Job 37:21
New International Version
Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.

New Living Translation
We cannot look at the sun, for it shines brightly in the sky when the wind clears away the clouds.

English Standard Version
“And now no one looks on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.

Berean Study Bible
Now no one can gaze at the sun when it is bright in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.

King James Bible
And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

New King James Version
Even now men cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies, When the wind has passed and cleared them.

New American Standard Bible
“Now people do not see the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind has passed and cleared them.

NASB 1995
“Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind has passed and cleared them.

NASB 1977
“And now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind has passed and cleared them.

Amplified Bible
“Now people cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies [without being blinded], When the wind has passed and cleared them.

Christian Standard Bible
Now no one can even look at the sun after a wind has swept through and cleared the sky.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now men cannot even look at the sun when it is in the skies, after a wind has swept through and cleared them away.

American Standard Version
And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind passeth, and cleareth them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now they do not see the light; it is illuminated in the sky of Heaven, and the Spirit will pass and purify them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the light is not visible to all: it shines afar off in the heavens, as that which is from him in the clouds.

Contemporary English Version
No one can stare at the sun after a breeze has blown the clouds from the sky.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now they see not the light : the air on a sudden shall be thickened into clouds, and the wind shall pass and drive them away.

English Revised Version
And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

Good News Translation
And now the light in the sky is dazzling, too bright for us to look at it; and the sky has been swept clean by the wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People can't look at the sun when it's bright among the clouds or after the wind has blown and cleared those clouds away.

International Standard Version
"So then, the sun is too bright to gaze at, is it not? The sky is swept clean by the wind that blows, is it not?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

Literal Standard Version
And now, they have not seen the light, It [is] bright in the clouds, And the wind has passed by and cleanses them.

NET Bible
But now, the sun cannot be looked at--it is bright in the skies--after a wind passed and swept the clouds away.

New Heart English Bible
Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them.

World English Bible
Now men don't see the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, they have not seen the light, Bright it is in the clouds, And the wind hath passed by and cleanseth them.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
20Should He be told that I want to speak? Would a man ask to be swallowed up? 21Now no one can gaze at the sun when it is bright in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. 22Out of the north He comes in golden splendor; awesome majesty surrounds Him.…

Cross References
Job 37:20
Should He be told that I want to speak? Would a man ask to be swallowed up?

Job 37:22
Out of the north He comes in golden splendor; awesome majesty surrounds Him.


Treasury of Scripture

And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes, and cleans them.

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

Job 36:32
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

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









(21) And now men see not the bright light--i.e., the sun. "But he is bright behind the clouds, and when the wind has passed over them and cleared them away, even the north wind, he will come forth like gold; but upon God there is terrible majesty. Though the sun is hidden, we shall see him again, but who shall ever find out God?" It is manifest that this rendering adds great sublimity, and points to the opening of the next chapter.

Verse 21. - And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds; rather, and now men cannot behold the light which is bright in the skies. Now, i.e., here in this world, men cannot look straight at the sun, since he dazzles them. How much less, then, would they be able to face God on his throne in heaven! Yet this is what Job had proposed to do (Job 9:32-35; Job 13:18-22; Job 22:3-7, etc.). But the wind passeth, and cleanseth them; rather, when the wind passeth and cleareth them; i.e. when, the wind having swept away the clouds and cleared the sky the sun shines forth in all its splendour.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now
וְעַתָּ֤ה ׀ (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

no one
לֹ֘א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

can gaze
רָ֤אוּ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7200: To see

at the sun
א֗וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

[when] it [is]
ה֭וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

bright
בָּהִ֣יר (bā·hîr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 925: Bright, brilliant

in the skies
בַּשְּׁחָקִ֑ים (baš·šə·ḥā·qîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7834: A powder, a thin vapor, the firmament

after the wind
וְר֥וּחַ (wə·rū·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

has swept
עָ֝בְרָ֗ה (‘ā·ḇə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

them clean.
וַֽתְּטַהֲרֵֽם׃ (wat·tə·ṭa·hă·rêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2891: To be clean or pure


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