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

King James Bible
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Darby Bible Translation
Dost thou know about the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him that is perfect in knowledge?

World English Bible
Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou know the balancings of a cloud? The wonders of the Perfect in knowledge?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds - How are the clouds suspended in the atmosphere? Art thou so well acquainted with the nature of evaporation, and the gravity of the air at different heights, to support different weights of aqueous vapor, so as to keep them floating for a certain portion of time, and then let them down to water the earth; dost thou know these things so as to determine the laws by which they are regulated?

Wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge - This is a paraphrase. Mr. Good's translation is much better: -

"Wonders, perfections of wisdom!"

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the balancings

Job 26:8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Psalm 104:2,3 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out the heavens like a curtain...

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers...

Jeremiah 10:13 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth...


Job 36:4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Proverbs 3:19,20 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens...

Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Whether the Heavens Should have Been Opened unto Christ at his Baptism?
Objection 1: It would seem that the heavens should not have been opened unto Christ at His baptism. For the heavens should be opened unto one who needs to enter heaven, by reason of his being out of heaven. But Christ was always in heaven, according to Jn. 3:13: "The Son of Man who is in heaven." Therefore it seems that the heavens should not have been opened unto Him. Objection 2: Further, the opening of the heavens is understood either in a corporal or in a spiritual sense. But it cannot be understood
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Justice of God
The next attribute is God's justice. All God's attributes are identical, and are the same with his essence. Though he has several attributes whereby he is made known to us, yet he has but one essence. A cedar tree may have several branches, yet it is but one cedar. So there are several attributes of God whereby we conceive of him, but only one entire essence. Well, then, concerning God's justice. Deut 32:4. Just and right is he.' Job 37:23. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Job 5:9
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Job 36:4
Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.

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

Job 37:5
God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Job 37:14
"Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders.

Job 37:15
Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?

Job 37:17
You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,

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