Job 37:12
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New International Version
At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.

New Living Translation
The clouds churn about at his direction. They do whatever he commands throughout the earth.

English Standard Version
They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.

New American Standard Bible
"It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

King James Bible
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
They swirl about, turning round and round at his direction, accomplishing everything he commands them over the surface of the inhabited world.

Contemporary English Version
traveling across the sky

Good News Translation
as they move at God's will. They do all that God commands, everywhere throughout the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They swirl about, turning round and round at His direction, accomplishing everything He commands them over the surface of the inhabited world.

International Standard Version
It whirls about in circles at his direction to accomplish all that he commands throughout the surface of the entire world,

NET Bible
The clouds go round in circles, wheeling about according to his plans, to carry out all that he commands them over the face of the whole inhabited world.

New Heart English Bible
It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He guides the clouds as they churn round and round over the face of the inhabited earth to do everything he orders them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they are turned round about by His guidance, That they may do whatsoever He commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world:

New American Standard 1977
“And it changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they are turned round about by his counsels; that they may do whatever he commands them upon the face of the world in the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And it is turned around by his guidance: that they may do whatsoever he commands them upon the face of the whole earth.

American King James Version
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commands them on the face of the world in the earth.

American Standard Version
And it is turned round about by his guidance, That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which go round about, whithersoever the will of him that governeth them shall lead them, to whatsoever he shall command them upon the face of the whole earth :

Darby Bible Translation
And they are turned every way by his guidance, that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the circuit of the earth,

English Revised Version
And it is turned round about by his guidance, that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the habitable world.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it is turned around by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commandeth them upon the face of the world on the earth.

World English Bible
It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,

Young's Literal Translation
And it is turning itself round by His counsels, For their doing all He commandeth them, On the face of the habitable earth.
Study Bible
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
11"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. 12"It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth. 13"Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.…
Cross References
Job 36:32
"He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

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

Psalm 147:15
He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.

Psalm 148:8
Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Isaiah 14:21
"Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter Because of the iniquity of their fathers. They must not arise and take possession of the earth And fill the face of the world with cities."

Isaiah 27:6
In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, And they will fill the whole world with fruit.
Treasury of Scripture

And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commands them on the face of the world in the earth.

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Psalm 65:9,10 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the …

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them …

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

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your …

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

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

James 5:17,18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed …

Revelation 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of …

Verse 12. - And it is turned round about by his counsels, "It" (i.e. the cloud) is "turned round" (or directed in its course) "by his counsels," or under the guidance of his wisdom, and so conveys his rain whither he pleases. That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. There is no expressed antecedent to "they." Perhaps the showers are intended, or the atmospheric influences generally. And it is turned round about by his counsels,.... The cloud is, and that by the wind, which is turned about to all points of the compass, according to the will of God; by the counsels of him who sits at the helm, as the word signifies, and orders all things according to the counsel of his own will: to which owing every shifting of the wind, and the various motions of the clouds;

that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth; as all his creatures do; the several meteors in the air, clouds, stormy wind, fire, hail, snow, and vapour, all fulfilling his word; and which they do everywhere in the several parts of the world whither they are sent, Psalm 107:25. So ministers of the word drop down or withhold the rain of Gospel doctrine, and carry it into the several places of the world, as the Lord directs them; see Isaiah 5:6. 12. it—the cloud of lightning.

counsels—guidance (Ps 148:8); literally, "steering"; the clouds obey God's guidance, as the ship does the helmsman. So the lightning (see on [543]Job 36:31, 32); neither is haphazard in its movements.

they—the clouds, implied in the collective singular "it."

face of the world, etc.—in the face of the earth's circle.37:1-13 The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! We must notice the glory of God, not only in the thunder and lightning, but in the more common and less awful changes of the weather; as the snow and rain. Nature directs all creatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man only be unprovided with a refuge? Oh that men would listen to the voice of God, who in many ways warns them to flee from the wrath to come; and invites them to accept his salvation, and to be happy. The ill opinion which men entertain of the Divine direction, peculiarly appears in their murmurs about the weather, though the whole result of the year proves the folly of their complaints. Believers should avoid this; no days are bad as God makes them, though we make many bad by our sins.
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