New International Version
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,
King James Bible
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;
Darby Bible Translation
Who hath divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash;
World English Bible
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;
Young's Literal Translation
Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices?
Job 38:25 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Divided a water-course - The original תעלה tealah, from עלה alah, to ascend, may signify rather a cloud, or clouds in general, where the waters are stored up. I cannot see how the overflowings or torrents of water can be said to ascend any other way than by evaporation; and it is by this Divine contrivance that the earth is not only irrigated, but even dried; and by this means too much moisture is not permitted to lie upon the ground, which would not only be injurious to vegetation, but even destroy it. But query, may not a waterspout be intended?
A way for the lightning of thunder - "A path for the bolt of thunder." God is represented as directing the course even of the lightning; he launches the bolt, and makes the path in which it is to run. To grasp, manage, and dart the thunderbolt or lightning, was a work which heathenism gave to Jupiter, its supreme god. None of the inferior deities were capable of this. But who can thunder with a voice like the Almighty? He is The Thunderer.
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Where is the way that light dwelleth?--JOB 38:19. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.--As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.--The Father . . . hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
God's Restraining Power.
Whether it is Proper to the Rational Nature to be Adopted?
'The End of the Lord'
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
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