Job 37:18
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New International Version
can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

New Living Translation
he makes the skies reflect the heat like a bronze mirror. Can you do that?

English Standard Version
Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?

King James Bible
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
can you help God spread out the skies as hard as a cast metal mirror?

International Standard Version
Can you spread out the skies like he does; can you cast them as one might a mirror?

NET Bible
will you, with him, spread out the clouds, solid as a mirror of molten metal?

New Heart English Bible
Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you stretch out the skies with him and make them as firm as a mirror made of metal?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Canst thou with Him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror?

New American Standard 1977
“Can you, with Him, spread out the skies,
            Strong as a molten mirror?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong and as a molten looking glass?

King James 2000 Bible
Have you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten mirror?

American King James Version
Have you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

American Standard Version
Canst thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou perhaps hast made the heavens with him, which are most strong, as if they were of molten brass.

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, firm, like a molten mirror?

English Revised Version
Canst thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong as a molten mirror?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou with him spread out the sky which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?

World English Bible
Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast made an expanse with Him For the clouds -- strong as a hard mirror!
Study Bible
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
17You whose garments are hot, When the land is still because of the south wind? 18"Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror? 19"Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.…
Cross References
Job 9:8
Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;

Job 37:17
You whose garments are hot, When the land is still because of the south wind?

Psalm 104:2
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.

Isaiah 44:24
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone,

Isaiah 45:12
"It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.

Jeremiah 10:12
It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.

Zechariah 12:1
The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,
Treasury of Scripture

Have you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

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Job 9:8,9 Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea…

Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, …

Psalm 104:2 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out …

Psalm 148:4-6 Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens…

Psalm 150:1 Praise you the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the …

Proverbs 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass …

Isaiah 40:12,22 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted …

Isaiah 44:24 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the …

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Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the …

(18) Spread out the sky.--Some understand this of the action of the sun in dispersing the clouds; but it seems more probable that it refers to God. "Hast thou spread out with Him the magnificent dome of heaven?" The words used, however, imply the clouds rather than the cloudless sky which resembles a burnished mirror; so that it is not improbable that the sun may be the subject here and in the following verses.

Verse 18. - Hast thou with him spread out the sky? Didst thou assist in the spreading out of the sky, that great and magnificent work of the Creator, transcending almost all others (see the comment on Job 9:8)? Or did not God effect this work alone, without even a counsellor (Isaiah 40:13, 14), so that thou hadst no part in it? Which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass. The sky is "strong" or "firm;" i.e. enduring or permanent, though not really hard like a mirror. Elihu, however, seems to have regarded it, like many of the ancients, as a solid mass, resembling a concave mirror of metal. The translation, "looking-glass," is wrong, both here and in Exodus 38:8, since glass was not used for mirrors until the period of the early Roman empire. The earlier mirrors were of polished metal (see Smith's 'Dict. of Antiquities,' vol. 3. pp. 1052, 1212). Hast thou with him spread out the sky?.... Wast thou concerned with him at the first spreading out of the sky? wast thou an assistant to him in it? did he not spread it as a curtain or canopy about himself, without the help of another? verily he did; see Job 9:8, Isaiah 44:24;

which is strong: for though it seems a fluid and thin, is very firm and strong, as appears by what it bears, and are contained in it; and therefore is called "the firmament of his power", Psalm 150:1;

and as a molten looking glass; clear and transparent, like the looking glasses of the women, made of molten brass, Exodus 38:8; and firm and permanent (u); and a glass this is in which the glory of God, and his divine perfections, is to be seen; and is one of the wondrous works of God, made for the display of his own glory, and the benefit of men, Psalm 19:1. Or this may respect the spreading out a clear serene sky, and smoothing it after it has been covered and ruffled with storms and tempests; which is such a wonderful work of God, that man has no hand in.

(u) . Pindar. Nem. Ode 6. 18. with him—like as He does (Job 40:15).

spread out—given expanse to.

strong pieces—firm; whence the term "firmament" ("expansion," Ge 1:6, Margin; Isa 44:24).

molten looking glass—image of the bright smiling sky. Mirrors were then formed of molten polished metal, not glass.37:14-20 Due thoughts of the works of God will help to reconcile us to all his providences. As God has a powerful, freezing north wind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit is compared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, So 4:16. The best of men are much in the dark concerning the glorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divine government. Those who, through grace, know much of God, know nothing, in comparison with what is to be known, and of what will be known, when that which is perfect is come.
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