Job 36:29
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New International Version
Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

King James Bible
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Darby Bible Translation
But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the crashing of his pavilion?

World English Bible
Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of his pavilion?

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, doth any understand The spreadings out of a cloud? The noises of His tabernacle?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Can any understand the spreadings of the clouds - Though the vapor appear to be fortuitously raised, and subject, when suspended in the atmosphere, to innumerable accidents, to different winds and currents which might drive it all to the sandy deserts, or direct its course so that it should fall again into the great deep from which it has been exhaled, without watering and refreshing the earth; yet so does the good and wise providence of God manage this matter, that every part of the arable terrene surface receives an ample supply; and in every place, where requisite, it may be truly said that "The rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and water the earth, and cause it to bring forth and bud, that it may minister seed to the sower, and bread to the eater." In Egypt, where there is little or no rain, the earth is watered by the annual inundation of the Nile; there, because this system of evaporation is not necessary, it does not exist. Who can account for this economy? How are these clouds so judiciously and effectually spread through the atmosphere, so as to supply the wants of the earth, of men, and of cattle? I ask, with Elihu, "Who can understand the spreadings of these clouds?" And I should like to see that volunteer in the solution of paradoxes who would step forward and say, I am the man.

The noise of his tabernacle? - By the tabernacle we may understand the whole firmament or atmospheric expansion; the place where the Almighty seems more particularly to dwell; whence he sends forth the rain of his strength, and the thunder of his power. The noise must refer to the blowing of winds and tempests. or to the claps, peals, and rattling of thunder, by means of the electric fluid.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the spreadings

Job 37:16 Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Job 38:9,37 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling cloth for it...

1 Kings 18:44,45 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there rises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand...

Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks on the wings of the wind:

the noise

Job 37:2-5 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes out of his mouth...

Psalm 18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

Psalm 29:3-10 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters...

Psalm 77:16-19 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled...

Psalm 104:7 At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hurried away.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked...

Habakkuk 3:10 The mountains saw you, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice...

Library
Whether by his Passion Christ Merited to be Exalted?
Objection 1: It seems that Christ did not merit to be exalted on account of His Passion. For eminence of rank belongs to God alone, just as knowledge of truth, according to Ps. 112:4: "The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens." But Christ as man had the knowledge of all truth, not on account of any preceding merit, but from the very union of God and man, according to Jn. 1:14: "We saw His glory . . . as it were of the only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth."
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the Old Law was from God?
Objection 1: It would seem that the Old Law was not from God. For it is written (Dt. 32:4): "The works of God are perfect." But the Law was imperfect, as stated above [2060](A[1]). Therefore the Old Law was not from God. Objection 2: Further, it is written (Eccles. 3:14): "I have learned that all the works which God hath made continue for ever." But the Old Law does not continue for ever: since the Apostle says (Heb. 7:18): "There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment, because of the
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Divine Grace.
GRACE, LOYE, AND MERCY. I FIND that the goodness of God to his people is diversely expressed in his word, sometimes by the word grace, sometimes by the word love, and sometimes by the word mercy. When it is expressed by that word grace, then it is to show that what he doeth is of his princely will, his royal bounty, and sovereign pleasure. When it is expressed by that word love, then it is to show us that his affection was and is in what he doeth, and that he doeth what he doeth for us with complacency
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Messiah's Easy Yoke
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. T hough the influence of education and example, may dispose us to acknowledge the Gospel to be a revelation from God; it can only be rightly understood, or duly prized, by those persons who feel themselves in the circumstances of distress, which it is designed to relieve. No Israelite would think of fleeing to a city of refuge (Joshua 20:2.
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
2 Samuel 22:12
He made darkness his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

Job 26:14
And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

Job 36:28
the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.

Job 36:30
See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.

Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.

Job 37:16
Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?

Isaiah 40:22
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

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