Job 36:31
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New International Version
This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.

New Living Translation
By these mighty acts he nourishes the people, giving them food in abundance.

English Standard Version
For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.

New American Standard Bible
"For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance.

King James Bible
For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He judges the nations with these; He gives food in abundance.

International Standard Version
He uses them to judge some people and give food to many.

NET Bible
It is by these that he judges the nations and supplies food in abundance.

New Heart English Bible
For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is how he uses the rains to provide for people and to give them more than enough food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For by these He judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

New American Standard 1977
“For by these He judges peoples;
            He gives food in abundance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For by them he judges the peoples; he gives food to the multitude.

King James 2000 Bible
For by them judges he the people; he gives food in abundance.

American King James Version
For by them judges he the people; he gives meat in abundance.

American Standard Version
For by these he judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For by these he judgeth people, and giveth food to many mortals.

Darby Bible Translation
For with them he judgeth the peoples; he giveth food in abundance.

English Revised Version
For by these he judgeth the peoples; he giveth meat in abundance.

Webster's Bible Translation
For by them he judgeth the people; he giveth food in abundance.

World English Bible
For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance.

Young's Literal Translation
For by them He doth judge peoples, He giveth food in abundance.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
30"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea. 31"For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance. 32"He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.…
Cross References
Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

Job 36:30
"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.

Job 37:13
"Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

Psalm 104:27
They all wait for You To give them their food in due season.

Psalm 136:25
Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Treasury of Scripture

For by them judges he the people; he gives meat in abundance.

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Job 37:13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

Job 38:22,23 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen …

Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth, …

Genesis 7:17-24 And the flood was forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, …

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire …

Exodus 9:23-25 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent …

Deuteronomy 8:2,15 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in …

1 Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven …

1 Samuel 7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines …

1 Samuel 12:18 So Samuel called to the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain …

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Job 38:26,27 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, …

Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the …

Psalm 104:13-15,27,28 He waters the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with …

Psalm 136:25 Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever.

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did …

(31) For by them--i.e., these roots of the sea, these drops of water, these rain-clouds. "He judgeth peoples" by withholding them, or "giveth meat in abundance" by sending rain on the earth; or He may use them in excess, to chastise nations by inundations and the like. The change from roots of the sea to bottom of the sea in the Authorised Version has obscured the meaning of "them" in the next verse, unless, indeed, we understand it generally, by these things.

Verse 31. - For by them judgeth he the people. By his clouds God works two opposite effects. On the one hand, he executes judgment upon the peoples, destroying their crops, causing widespread ruin by inundations, smiting and slaying numbers with his thunderbolts; on the other, he giveth meat in abundance, restoring to the parched earth its fertility by means of copious and refreshing showers, stimulating vegetation, and so furthering the harvest. For by them judgeth he the people,.... That is, by the clouds; which the Lord uses both in a way of judgment, as expressed in this clause; and in a way of mercy, as in the following; by these, and what issue out of them, as rain, hail, winds, thunder, and lightning, he sometimes punishes the inhabitants of the earth, as he did the old world by a deluge of water, which came partly from the fountains of the great deep, and partly from the windows of heaven, which destroyed man and beast, and the increase of the earth, Genesis 7:11; he punished the Egyptians by a violent storm of hail, Exodus 9:23; and slew many of the Canaanites with hailstones, Joshua 10:11; Pharaoh and his host sunk like lead when he blew with his wind, Exodus 15:10; and Sodom and Gomorrah, with the cities of the plain, were destroyed with thunder and lightning, fire and brimstone, from heaven, Genesis 19:24; as the army of the Philistines were discomfited by thunder in the times of Samuel, 1 Samuel 7:10; and the captains of fifties, with their men, were consumed by lightning in the times of Elijah, 2 Kings 1:14; and as the heavens and the earth will be burnt with fire at the end of all things, Matthew 13:40, 2 Peter 3:12;

he giveth meat in abundance; very plentifully, or to a multitude of creatures, both men and cattle; who have a liberal supply of food by means of the clouds and rain, which falling upon the earth make it fruitful, so that it gives bread to the eater, and seed to the sower; causes grass to grow up for the beasts of the field, and produces bread corn, oil, and wine, for the benefit of men; an emblem of the variety and plenty of spiritual food dispensed to the churches of Christ, through the ministry of the word, and by the ministers of it. 31. These (rain and lightnings) are marvellous and not to be understood (Job 36:29), yet necessary. "For by them He judgeth (chastiseth on the one hand), etc. (and on the other, by them) He giveth meat" (food), etc. (Job 37:13; 38:23, 27; Ac 14:17).36:24-33 Elihu endeavours to fill Job with high thought of God, and so to persuade him into cheerful submission to his providence. Man may see God's works, and is capable of discerning his hand in them, which the beasts are not, therefore they ought to give him the glory. But while the worker of iniquity ought to tremble, the true believer should rejoice. Children should hear with pleasure their Father's voice, even when he speaks in terror to his enemies. There is no light but there may be a cloud to intercept it. The light of the favour of God, the light of his countenance, the most blessed light of all, even that light has many a cloud. The clouds of our sins cause the Lord to his face, and hinder the light of his loving-kindness from shining on our souls.
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