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

King James Bible
Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, he spreadeth his light around him, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

World English Bible
Behold, he spreads his light around him. He covers the bottom of the sea.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He hath spread over it His light, And the roots of the sea He hath covered,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He spreadeth his light upon it - Or, as Mr. Good translates, "He throweth forth from it his flash." These two verses may both have an allusion to the sudden rarefaction of that part of the atmosphere whence the thunder proceeds, by the agency of the electric fluid; the rushing in of the air on each side to restore the equilibrium, which the passage of the fire had before destroyed. The noise produced by this sudden rushing in of the air, as well as that occasioned by the ignition of the hydrogen gas, which is one of the constituents of water, is the thunder of his tabernacle, viz., the atmosphere, where God appears, in such cases, to be manifesting his presence and his power. Elihu says that God spreadeth his light upon it. This is spoken in reference to the flashes and coruscations of lightning in the time of thunder storms, when, even in a dark night, a sudden flash illuminates for a moment the surface of the earth under that place.

And covereth the bottom of the sea - He doth whatsoever it pleaseth him in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, in the sea, and in all deep places. Yea, the depths of the sea are as much under his control and influence as the atmosphere, and its whole collection of vapours, meteors, and galvanic and electric fluids.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 38:25,34,35 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder...

Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven...


Job 38:8-11 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb...

Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

Exodus 14:22,28 And the children of Israel went into the middle of the sea on the dry ground: and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand...

Exodus 15:4,5 Pharaoh's chariots and his host has he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea...

Psalm 18:11-16 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies...

Psalm 104:5-9 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever...

bottom. Heb. roots

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

Job 36:31
This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.

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