Job 26:9
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New International Version
He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.

New Living Translation
He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds.

English Standard Version
He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud.

New American Standard Bible
"He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it.

King James Bible
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He obscures the view of His throne, spreading His cloud over it.

International Standard Version
He has enclosed the face of the full moon and spread his clouds over it.

NET Bible
He conceals the face of the full moon, shrouding it with his clouds.

New Heart English Bible
He encloses the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He covers his throne by spreading his cloud over it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He closeth in the face of His throne, And spreadeth His cloud upon it.

New American Standard 1977
“He obscures the face of the full moon,
            And spreads His cloud over it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He holds back the face of his throne and spreads his cloud upon it.

King James 2000 Bible
He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud upon it.

American King James Version
He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

American Standard Version
He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He withholdeth the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud over it.

Darby Bible Translation
He covereth the face of his throne, he spreadeth his cloud upon it.

English Revised Version
He closeth in the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Webster's Bible Translation
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

World English Bible
He encloses the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

Young's Literal Translation
Taking hold of the face of the throne, Spreading over it His cloud.
Study Bible
Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty
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. 10"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.…
Cross References
Job 22:14
'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Psalm 105:39
He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to illumine by night.
Treasury of Scripture

He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

Exodus 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness …

Exodus 33:20-23 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live…

Exodus 34:3 And no man shall come up with you, neither let any man be seen throughout …

1 Kings 8:12 Then spoke Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

Habakkuk 3:3-5 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

(9) He holdeth back the face.--Or, covereth the face of his throne in the heavens, spreading his rack of cloud upon it.

Verse 9. - He holdeth back the face of his throne; rather, he covereth up. He makes the clouds to gather in the vault of heaven, above which is his throne, and in this way conceals it and covers it up. And spreadeth his cloud upon it; or, over it, so blotting it out from sight. Behind the more obvious meaning lies one which is deeper and more spiritual. God withdraws himself from sight, gathers clouds and darkness around him to be the habitation of his seat, hides from men the principles of his government and administration, makes himself unapproachable and inscrutable, is a mystery and an enigma which man cannot hope to understand or solve (comp. 1 Kings 8:12; Psalm 18:11; Psalm 97:2). He holdeth back the face of his throne,.... His throne is the heaven of heavens; the face of it, or what is before it, is the starry and airy heavens; this face of his throne is sometimes held back, or covered with clouds, that so his throne is so far from being visible, that even the face of it, or the outside or external appearance of it, is not to be seen, as follows:

and spreadeth his cloud upon it; and both he and his throne are invisible; clouds and darkness are round about him, and his pavilion round about are dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies, Psalm 18:11; and even the light in which he dwells, and with which he clothes himself, is impervious to us, and is so dazzling, that itself covers and keeps back himself and throne from being seen by mortals. The Targum suggests, that what is here said to be done is done that the angels may not see it; but these always stand before the throne of God, and always behold the face of God himself. 9. Rather, He encompasseth or closeth. God makes the clouds a veil to screen the glory not only of His person, but even of the exterior of His throne from profane eyes. His agency is everywhere, yet He Himself is invisible (Ps 18:11; 104:3).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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