Job 26:8
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New International Version
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

New Living Translation
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don't burst with the weight.

English Standard Version
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.

New American Standard Bible
"He wraps up the waters in His clouds, And the cloud does not burst under them.

King James Bible
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He wraps up the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst beneath their weight.

International Standard Version
"He restricts the waters within clouds and the clouds don't burst open under them.

NET Bible
He locks the waters in his clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them.

New Heart English Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He holds the water in his thick clouds, and the clouds don't [even] split under its [weight].

JPS Tanakh 1917
He bindeth up the waters in His thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them.

New American Standard 1977
“He wraps up the waters in His clouds;
            And the cloud does not burst under them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

King James 2000 Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not torn under them.

American King James Version
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

American Standard Version
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He bindeth up the waters in his clouds, so that they break not out and fall down together.

Darby Bible Translation
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them.

English Revised Version
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

Webster's Bible Translation
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

World English Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.

Young's Literal Translation
Binding up the waters in His thick clouds, And the cloud is not rent under them.
Study Bible
Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty
7"He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing. 8"He wraps up the waters in His clouds, And the cloud does not burst under them. 9"He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it.…
Cross References
Job 37:11
"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.

Psalm 147:8
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

Proverbs 30:4
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
Treasury of Scripture

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

bindeth up

Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise …

Job 38:9,37 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling …

Genesis 1:6,7 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, …

Psalm 135:7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes …

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the …

Jeremiah 10:13 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, …

thick clouds

Job 37:11-16 Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud…

Psalm 18:10,11 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings …

and the cloud

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there …

(8) He bindeth up the waters.--The idea of the waters being bound up in the clouds, so that the clouds are not rent thereby, is similar to that in Genesis 1:7. The conception is that of a vast treasury of water above the visible sky, which is kept there in apparent defiance of what we know as the laws of gravitation, and which all experience would show was liable to fall of itself.

Verse 8. - He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; i.e. he makes the clouds, that we see floating in the atmosphere, contain and hold the waters on which the productiveness of the earth depends, and which he restrains, or allows to fall in fertilizing rain, at his pleasure (comp. 1 Kings 17:1). And the cloud is not rent under them. The metaphor is, no doubt, drawn from those water-skins, so well known in the East, and especially in Arabia, in which men stored the water for their journeys and other needs, which were liable to be "rent" by the weight of the liquid within them. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds,.... The clouds are of his making; when he utters his voice, or gives the word of command, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and the vapours he exhales from the ends of the earth and forms them into clouds, and they are his chariots, in which he rides up and down in the heavens, and waters his gardens and plantations on earth; see Jeremiah 10:13; which may be said to be thick in comparison of the air, in which they are; otherwise they are but thin, and the thinner they are, the greater wonder it is that the waters, and such a heavy body of them, should be bound up in them, as there often is; and which is bound up, held, and retained therein, as anything bound up in a sack or bag, or in a garment, or the skirt of a man's coat; see Proverbs 30:4; and what is still more marvellous:

and the cloud is not rent under them; under the waters, and through the weight of them; which, if it was, would fall in vast water spouts, and were such to fall upon the earth, as it may be supposed they did at the general deluge, they would destroy man and beast, and wash off and wash away the things of the earth: but God has so ordered it in his infinite wisdom, and by his almighty power, that clouds should not be thus rent, but fall in small drops and gentle showers, as if they passed through a sieve or colander, whereby the earth is refreshed, and made fruitful; see Job 36:26. 8. in … clouds—as if in airy vessels, which, though light, do not burst with the weight of water in them (Pr 30:4).26:5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Ps 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
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