Job 28:26
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New International Version
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Living Translation
He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning.

English Standard Version
when he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

New American Standard Bible
When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,

King James Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,

International Standard Version
He set in place ordinances for the rain; and determined the pathway for thunder that accompanies lightning.

NET Bible
When he imposed a limit for the rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Heart English Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he made rules for the rain and set paths for the thunderstorms,

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He made a decree for the rain, And a way for the storm of thunders;

New American Standard 1977
When He set a limit for the rain,
            And a course for the thunderbolt,

Jubilee Bible 2000
when he made a law for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunders.

King James 2000 Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

American King James Version
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

American Standard Version
When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms.

Darby Bible Translation
In appointing a statute for the rain, and a way for the thunder's flash:

English Revised Version
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

World English Bible
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Young's Literal Translation
In His making for the rain a limit, And a way for the brightness of the voices,
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
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, 27Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.…
Cross References
Job 28:27
Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.

Job 37:3
"Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.

Job 37:6
"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' And to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.'

Job 37:11
"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.

Job 38:25
"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,

Job 38:26
To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,

Psalm 135:7
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

Proverbs 8:22
"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
Treasury of Scripture

When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

he made

Job 36:26,32 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number …

Job 38:25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a …

Psalm 148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

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

Amos 4:7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three …

Zechariah 10:1 Ask you of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD …

a way

Job 37:3 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends …

Psalm 29:3-10 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: …

Verse 26. - When he made a decree for the rain. God "made a decree for the rain" when be placed the fall of rain under fixed and unalterable laws. In some countries rainy seasons begin almost regularly on a fixed day in the calendar, while for several months in the year it is almost certain that rain will not fall. Even where there is no such exact regularity as this, the rainfall has its laws, since there are maxima and minima which are never exceeded. And a way for the lightning of the thunder. God gave laws to the electric current, and prescribed the "way" that it should take in its passage from heaven to earth, or from cloud to cloud, or from earth to heaven. Everything was ruled beforehand by Infinite Wisdom. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder. Decreed within himself that he would give it; for rain is his gift alone, and which none of the vanities of the Gentiles can give, and a wonderful blessing to the earth it is; and which God bestows on all sorts of men, both good and bad, and causes it to fall sometimes on one place and sometimes on another, sometimes in greater, sometimes in lesser showers; and according to his sovereign pleasure he gives or withholds it; the effects of which are quickly seen. Mr. Broughton renders the clause, "he made a bound for the rain, and a way for the lightning of thunder", or "the lightning and the thunder", as Ben Gersom, who thinks the copulative "and", is wanting. Thunder is from God, it is his voice, and the word here used is in the plural number, "voices" (m), signifying various claps of thunder; and lightning generally accompanies it, which, though first perceived, they are both at once the eye doing its office quicker than the ear; and a cloud also is usual; and so some render the word for lightning, as in Zechariah 10:1; it may signify the way of the lightning out of the thunder cloud, and attending claps of thunder; the thunder breaks the cloud and makes a path for the lightning: the Targum is,

"a path for the lightnings, which run with the voices or thunders;''

but, though the course or path the lightning steers is very quick and very extensive from east to west, and cannot be traced by us. God that made it knows it, and he knows the path and place of wisdom. Sephorno interprets this of the thunder and lightnings at the giving of the law, which he understands by wisdom, as do other Jewish writers: Pliny (n) speaks of thunder and lightning as chance matters; but Seneca (o) more truly ascribes them to divine power and Providence, as here.

(m) "vocum", Piscator, Mercerus, Drusius. (n) Nat. Hist. l. 2. c. 43. (o) Nat. Quaest. l. 2. c. 13. 31. 26. The decree regulating at what time and place, and in what quantity, the rain should fall.

a way—through the parted clouds (Job 38:25; Zec 10:1).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.
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