New American Standard Bible
"It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.
King James Bible
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
And they are turned every way by his guidance, that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the circuit of the earth,
World English Bible
It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,
Young's Literal Translation
And it is turning itself round by His counsels, For their doing all He commandeth them, On the face of the habitable earth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And it is turned round about - The word here rendered "it" (הוא hû') may refer either to the "cloud," and then it will mean that it is driven about at the pleasure of God; or it may refer to God, and then it will mean that "he" drives it about at pleasure. The sense is not materially varied. The use of the Hebrew participle rendered "turned about" (in Hithpael), would rather imply that it refers to the cloud. The sense then is, that it turns itself round about - referring to the appearance of a cloud in the sky that rolls itself about from one place to another.
By his counsels - By the counsels or purposes of God. It is not by any agency or power of its own, but it is by laws such as he has appointed, and so as to accomplish his will. The object is to keep up the idea that God presides over, and directs all these things. The word which is rendered "counsels" (תחבולה tachebûlâh) means properly a "steering, guidance, management," Proverbs 11:14. It is usually applied to the act of steering, as a vessel, and then to prudent management, wise counsel, skillful measures. It is rendered "wise counsels," and "counsels," Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:5; Proverbs 24:6, and "good advice," Proverbs 20:18. It does not elsewhere occur in the Scriptures. The word is derived from חבל chebel, "a rope," or חבל chôbêl, "a sailor, pilot," and hence, the idea of "steering," or "directing." The meaning is, that the movements of the clouds are entirely under the "direction" of God, as the vessel is of the pilot or helmsman. The Septuagint appears not to have understood the meaning of the word, and have not attempted to translate it. They retain it in their version, writing it, θεεβουλαθὼq theeboulathōth, showing, among other instances, how the Hebrew was "pronounced" by them.
That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them - See Psalm 147:17-18. The idea is, that even the clouds, which appear so capricious in their movements, are really under the direction of God, and are accomplishing his purposes. They do not move at haphazard, but they are under the control of one who intends to accomplish important purposes by them. Elihu had made this observation respecting the lightning Job 36:30-33, and he now says that the same thing was true of the clouds. The investigations of science have only served to confirm this, and to show that even the movements of the clouds are regulated by laws which have been ordained by a Being of infinite intelligence.
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Objection 1: It would seem that those to whom Christ's birth was made known were not suitably chosen. For our Lord (Mat. 10:5) commanded His disciples, "Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles," so that He might be made known to the Jews before the Gentiles. Therefore it seems that much less should Christ's birth have been at once revealed to the Gentiles who "came from the east," as stated Mat. 2:1. Objection 2: Further, the revelation of Divine truth should be made especially to the friends of God, …
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The Knowledge of God
"He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.
"Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.
He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
"Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter Because of the iniquity of their fathers. They must not arise and take possession of the earth And fill the face of the world with cities."
In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, And they will fill the whole world with fruit.
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