Job 28:25
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New International Version
When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,

New Living Translation
He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall.

English Standard Version
When he gave to the wind its weight and apportioned the waters by measure,

New American Standard Bible
"When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure,

King James Bible
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure,

International Standard Version
"He imparted weight to the wind; he regulated water by his measurement.

NET Bible
When he made the force of the wind and measured the waters with a gauge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he gave the wind its force and measured the water [in the sea],

Jubilee Bible 2000
To make a weight for the wind and to supply water by measure,

King James 2000 Bible
To make the weight for the wind; and he apportions the waters by measure.

American King James Version
To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.

American Standard Version
To make a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who made a weight for the winds and weighed the waters by measure.

Darby Bible Translation
In making a weight for the wind, and meting out the waters by measure,

English Revised Version
To make a weight for the wind; yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.

Webster's Bible Translation
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

World English Bible
He establishes the force of the wind. Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.

Young's Literal Translation
To make for the wind a weight, And the waters He meted out in measure.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:20-28 There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which is secret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, and revealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, have such reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only, to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, can rightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealed will is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look upon this as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil. Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is this wisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ, revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost. It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity. It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and to depart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith, without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events of this life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - To make the weight for the winds. God by his wisdom gives to winds their exactly fitting degree of force and violence, so that they perform the work in the world which they were intended to perform, and which would not be performed, were they either of a less or of a greater intensity. And he weigheth the waters by measure (comp. Isaiah 40:12, "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"). Everything in creation is duly proportioned to every other thing. All is ordered "by weight and with care."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To make the weight for the wind,.... He indeed makes the wind itself, holds it in his fists, and brings it forth out of his treasures, and lets it go, or restrains it, at his pleasure; he gives it an inclination to this or that or the other point of the heavens, and a force to blow with, greater or lesser, as he pleases, either for the good and benefit of men, or for the punishment of them; he raises the stormy wind, which fulfils his word and his will; and he makes it subside and become a calm when he thinks fit; he can make it heavier or lighter, add to or take from its weight, so that it becomes more or less pressing on bodies it meets with; he can make a rough wind, and stay that in the day of his east wind; he can make the rain in some sense a weight to it; he can wet its wings with it, and bear it down and cause it to rest and be still; and he that knows from whence it comes, and whither it goes, though we do not, being wholly under his direction, must know the way and place of wisdom:

and he weigheth the waters by measure; or, "in a measure" (k); in the hollow of his hand, where he poises them; see Isaiah 40:12; some, because there is a seeming impropriety in weighing by, or with a measure, render it "out of a measure" (l) Mr. Broughton translates the words, "and held the waters in a measure"; in his hand, as before, or in the sea; weight and measure being both applied to the waters, may denote the perfect and exact knowledge God has of them, and of his great and diligent concern in Providence about them, he ordering and disposing of them according to his will; and which is greatly the sense of the word used for weighing; and so the Targum paraphrases it,

"the waters he prepares (orders or disposes of) by measure.''

These waters, as they seem to be distinguished from rain in Job 28:26, may design the waters of the sea and rivers; with these the earth at first was covered, which being ordered off of it, and a place provided for them, they were gathered into it, and measured and bounded in it by shores and sand, that they might not overflow the earth; which is a wonderful instance of the providence of God, in weighing and measuring the waters; of which also there was a singular instance at the general deluge, when the windows of heaven were opened, and the fountains of the great deep broke up, which overflowed the whole earth, and the highest mountains in it; and after a time went off at the command of God, and the earth was dry as before: the tides, the ebbing and flowing of the sea, and the flux and reflux of rivers, from and to the same place, are surprising things, and wholly owing to the power and providence of God; the causes and reasons of which are unknown to us, but are well known to him, who weighs and measures the waters, which flow in a regular course; and who therefore must know the way and place of wisdom and understanding.

(k) "in mensura", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Beza. (l) "Ex mensura", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. God has adjusted the weight of the winds, so seemingly imponderable, lest, if too weighty, or too light, injury should be caused. He measureth out the waters, fixing their bounds, with wisdom as His counsellor (Pr 8:27-31; Isa 40:12).

Job 28:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
24"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens. 25"When He imparted weight to the wind And meted out the waters by measure, 26When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,…
Cross References
Job 12:15
If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

Job 38:8
"Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,

Psalm 135:7
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Treasury of Scripture

To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.

To make the weight, etc. (God has given an atmosphere to the earth, which, possessing a certain degree of gravity perfectly suited to the necessities of all animals, vegetables, and fluids, should be the cause, in His hands, of preserving animal and vegetable life; for by it the blood circulates in the veins of animals, and the juices in the tubes of vegetables. Without this atmospheric pressure there could be no respiration; and the elasticity of the particles of air in animal and vegetable bodies, would rupture the vessels in which they are contained, and destroy both kinds of life)

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

Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted …

he weigheth (He has exactly proportioned the aqueous surface of the earth to the terrene parts, for the purpose of evaporation, etc.)

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