Job 12:15
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New International Version
If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

New Living Translation
If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert. If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.

English Standard Version
If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

King James Bible
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He withholds the waters, everything dries up, and when He releases them, they destroy the land.

International Standard Version
When he withholds water, rivers dry up; when he lets them loose, they'll flood the land.

NET Bible
If he holds back the waters, then they dry up; if he releases them, they destroy the land.

New Heart English Bible
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he holds back the waters, there is a drought. When he releases them, they flood the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
            And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall withhold the waters, and they shall dry up; also he shall send them forth, and they shall destroy the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

American King James Version
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

American Standard Version
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he withhold the waters, all things shall be dried up: and if he send them out, they shall overturn the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; and he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

English Revised Version
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

World English Bible
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He keepeth in the waters, and they are dried up, And he sendeth them forth, And they overturn the land.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God's powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
14"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release. 15"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth. 16"With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.

Genesis 8:1
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.

Deuteronomy 11:17
"Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.

1 Kings 8:35
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them,

1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."

Job 28:25
"When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure,
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

Behold

Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Genesis 8:1,2 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle …

1 Kings 8:35,36 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned …

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? …

Nahum 1:4 He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: …

Luke 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days …

James 5:17,18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed …

Revelation 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of …

he sendeth

Genesis 6:13,17 And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for …

Genesis 7:11,23 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the …

Psalm 104:7-9 At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hurried away…

Amos 5:8 Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow …

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