Job 38:31
New International Version
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion's belt?

New Living Translation
“Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?

English Standard Version
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?

Berean Study Bible
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?

King James Bible
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

New King James Version
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?

New American Standard Bible
“Can you tie up the chains of the Pleiades, Or untie the cords of Orion?

NASB 1995
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

NASB 1977
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

Amplified Bible
“Can you bind the chains of [the cluster of stars called] Pleiades, Or loose the cords of [the constellation] Orion?

Christian Standard Bible
Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?

American Standard Version
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Have you seized on the face of the Pleiades, or have you seen the path of the GiantOrion?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And dost thou understand the band of Pleias, and hast thou opened the barrier of Orion?

Contemporary English Version
Can you arrange stars in groups such as Orion and the Pleiades?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shalt thou be able to join together the shining stars the Pleiades, or canst thou stop the turning about of Arcturus?

English Revised Version
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Good News Translation
Can you tie the Pleiades together or loosen the bonds that hold Orion?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can you connect the chains of the [constellation] Pleiades or untie the ropes of Orion?

International Standard Version
"Can you bind the chains of Pleiades or loosen the cords of Orion?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

Literal Standard Version
Do you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Or do you open the cords of Orion?

NET Bible
Can you tie the bands of the Pleiades, or release the cords of Orion?

New Heart English Bible
"Can you fasten the chains of Kimah, or loosen the cords of Kesil?

World English Bible
"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou bind sweet influences of Kimah? Or the attractions of Kesil dost thou open?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Challenges Job
30when the waters become hard as stone and the surface of the deep is frozen? 31Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion? 32Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear and her cubs?…

Cross References
Job 9:9
He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, of the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

Job 38:30
when the waters become hard as stone and the surface of the deep is frozen?

Job 38:32
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear and her cubs?

Amos 5:8
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns darkness into dawn and darkens day into night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the face of the earth--the LORD is His name--


Treasury of Scripture

Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Pleiades.

Job 9:9
Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Amos 5:8
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

Orion.









(31) The sweet influences.--With reference to their supposed effect on weather and the like, or perhaps the word means chain or band, with allusion to their group--"Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid." The context, however, of "the bands of Orion" seems rather to favour the other view. "Canst thou regulate the influences exerted by these several constellations in either direction of increase or diminution?"

Verse 31. - Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades? (On the almost certain identification of the Hebrew Kirnah with the Pleiades, see the comment on Job 9:9.) Whether the "sweet influences" of the constellation are here spoken of is very doubtful. Schultens and Professor Lee support the rendering; but most critics prefer to translate the word employed (מעדנים) by "chains" or "fastenings" (Rashi, Kimchi, Rosenmuller, Dillmann, Canon Cook). If we adopt this view, we must suppose the invisible links which unite the stars into a constellation to be intended. Job is asked whether he can draw the links nearer together, and bind the stars closer to one another. Or loose the bands of Orion? The identity of Kesil with Orion is generally allowed. Job is asked if he can loosen the tie which unites the several members of this constellation together. Of course, he can pretend to no such powers.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Can you bind
הַֽ֭תְקַשֵּׁר (haṯ·qaš·šêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7194: To tie, gird, confine, compact, in love, league

the chains
מַעֲדַנּ֣וֹת (ma·‘ă·ḏan·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 4575: A bond, group

of the Pleiades
כִּימָ֑ה (kî·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3598: A cluster of stars, the Pleiades

or
אֽוֹ־ (’ōw-)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

loosen
תְּפַתֵּֽחַ׃ (tə·p̄at·tê·aḥ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the belt
מֹשְׁכ֖וֹת (mō·šə·ḵō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 4189: Something drawing, a cord

of Orion?
כְּסִ֣יל (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3685: Any notable constellation, Orion


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