Job 36:32
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New International Version
He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

New Living Translation
He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target.

English Standard Version
He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

Berean Study Bible
He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

New American Standard Bible
"He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

King James Bible
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

Christian Standard Bible
He covers his hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

Contemporary English Version
Each flash of lightning is one of his arrows striking its target,

Good News Translation
He seizes the lightning with his hands and commands it to hit the mark.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He covers His hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

International Standard Version
His hands are covered with lightning that he commands to strike his designated target.

NET Bible
With his hands he covers the lightning, and directs it against its target.

New Heart English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He fills his hands with lightning and orders it to hit the target.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He covereth His hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

New American Standard 1977
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With the clouds he covers the light and commands them to come against the light.

King James 2000 Bible
With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

American King James Version
With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

American Standard Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In his hands he hideth the light, and commandeth it to come again.

Darby Bible Translation
[His] hands he covereth with lightning, and commandeth it where it is to strike.

English Revised Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning; and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Webster's Bible Translation
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the intervening cloud.

World English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

Young's Literal Translation
By two palms He hath covered the light, And layeth a charge over it in meeting,
Study Bible
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
31For by these He judges the nations and provides food in abundance. 32He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. 33The thunder declares His presence; even the cattle regard the rising storm.…
Cross References
Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.

Job 37:12
They swirl about, turning round and round at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth.

Job 38:35
Can you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

Treasury of Scripture

With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

(Perhaps these difficult verses should be rendered, 'He covereth the concave with lightning, and chargeth it what it shall strike. Its noise declareth concerning him; a magazine of wrath against iniquity.')

Job 26:9 He holds back the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.

Exodus 10:21-23 And the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven, …

Psalm 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were …

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

Psalm 147:8,9 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, …

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

Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small …

(32) With clouds.--The word here rendered "clouds" really means hands, and there seems to be no good reason why it should be otherwise understood. The verse will then read, "He covereth the lightning with His hands, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark;" or, according to some, "giveth it a charge against the assailant." The figure is that of a man hurling a stone or bolt, and taking aim; and a very fine one the image is. The Authorised Version cannot be right with its five inserted words.

Verse 32. - With clouds he covereth the light; rather, he covereth both his hands with light, i.e. with the lightning. So Vul was represented in Assyrian and Zeus in Greek mythology, as filling their hands with thunderbolts, and hurling them upon their foes in their wrath. And commandeth it not to shine, etc. This rendering is wholly indefensible. Translate, And layeth command upon it that it strike the mark (compare the Revised Version). With clouds he covereth the light,.... Either the lightning, which is hid and covered in the black dark cloud until it bursts out of it; or the light of the sun, which is wonderful, that waters naturally clear and transparent, when formed into clouds, should obstruct the rays of the sun and darken it; see Ezekiel 32:7; and thus it was in the storm and tempest the Apostle Paul was in many days, which was so thick and dark, that the sun and stars did not appear of a long time, Acts 27:20;

and commandeth it not to shine, by the cloud that cometh betwixt; that is, commands the sun that it shines not, or hinders it from shining, by reason of the intervening clouds; this is an emblem of sin interposing between God and his people, which causes him to hide his face from them and not shine upon them: sins are comparable to clouds for numbers, being more than can be told; and for their nature and quality, like clouds they rise out of the earthly and carnal heart of man; and which is also like a troubled sea which cannot rest; and which reach up unto heaven and bring down wrath and vengeance from thence on wicked men; and in God's own people, like the clouds they intercept the light of his countenance, the bright shining of the sun of righteousness, the comfort, peace, and joy of the Holy Spirit: the words may be rendered, "with hands he covers the light, and commands that it shine not by reason of what comes between": and they are understood by some, as by Schmidt particularly, of the eclipses of the sun and moon, when God as it were covers them with hands, and suffers them not to shine by intervening bodies; so the eclipse of the sun is occasioned by the moon's coming between that and the earth, and the eclipse of the moon by the interposition of the earth between that and the sun; the Targum is,

"because of rapine of hands he restrains rain, and commands it to descend because of him that prays,''

who comes between and intercedes for a sinful people, as Elijah did; or, as others, he commands the lightning that it harms not because of him that comes between and intercedes with his prayers. 32. Rather, "He covereth (both) His hands with light (lightning, Job 37:3, Margin), and giveth it a command against his adversary" (literally, the one "assailing" Him, Ps 8:2; 139:20; Job 21:19). Thus, as in Job 36:31, the twofold effects of His waters are set forth, so here, of His light; in the one hand, destructive lightning against the wicked; in the other, the genial light for good to His friends, etc. (Job 36:33) [Umbreit].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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