Job 37:6
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New International Version
He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'

New Living Translation
"He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down.

English Standard Version
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.

New American Standard Bible
"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' And to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.'

King James Bible
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He says to the snow, "Fall to the earth," and the torrential rains, His mighty torrential rains,

International Standard Version
For he says to the snow, 'Fall to the earth.' He tells the rain, 'Pour down,' then it rains profusely.

NET Bible
For to the snow he says, 'Fall to earth,' and to the torrential rains, 'Pour down.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"He says to the snow, 'Fall to the ground,' and to the pouring rain, 'Rain harder!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; rain after rain, and rain after rain in his strength.

King James 2000 Bible
For he says to the snow, Be on the earth; likewise to the gentle rain, and to the heavy rain of his strength.

American King James Version
For he said to the snow, Be you on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

American Standard Version
For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth; Likewise to the shower of rain, And to the showers of his mighty rain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He commandeth the snow to go down upon the earth, and the winter rain, and the shower of his strength.

Darby Bible Translation
For he saith to the snow, Fall on the earth! and to the pouring rain, even the pouring rains of his might.

English Revised Version
For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth; likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

World English Bible
For he says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth;' likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain.

Young's Literal Translation
For to snow He saith, 'Be on the earth.' And the small rain and great rain of His power.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth. The phenomenon of snow is always full of marvel to an Oriental. It comes before him so seldom; it is in itself so strange; it involves things so inexplicable as the sudden solidification of a liquid, crystallization, a marked expansion of bulk, and the sudden assumption by what was colourless of a definite and dazzling colour. In Arabia and the countries bordering on Palestine snow very seldom falls; but in Palestine itself the mountain ranges of Lebanon and Hermon are never without it; and in the region occupied by Job and his friends then is reason to believe that ice and snow were not altogether infrequent (see Job 6:16, and the comment ad loc). Likewise to the small rain; or, to the light shower of rain - "the spring rain," as the Chaldee paraphrast explains it. And to the great rain of his strength; or, "the heavy winter rain," according to the same authority. "The former and the latter rain" - the rain of winter, and the rain of spring - are often mentioned by the sacred writers (see Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:1; James 5:7). God gave both, ordinarily, in due course.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he saith to the snow, be thou on the earth,.... In the original it is, be thou earth: hence one of the Rabbins formed a notion, that the earth was created from snow under the throne of glory, which is justly censured by Maimonides (f); for there is a defect of the letter as in 2 Chronicles 34:30; as Aben Ezra observes; and therefore rightly supplied by us, on the earth. This is one of the great and incomprehensible things of God. What is the cause of it, how it is generated, what gives it its exceeding whiteness and its form, we rather guess at than certainly know; and there are some things relative to it not easy to be accounted for: as that it should be generated in the lower region of the air, so near us, and yet be so cold; and be so cold in its own nature, yet be like a blanket warming to the earth; and that being so cold, it should fall in hot countries, as in many parts of Africa, as Leo Africanus asserts (g); and though so easily melted, yet lies continually upon the top of a burning mountain, Mount Etna, as observed by Pineda and others. God has his treasures of it, and he brings it forth from thence; it is at his command, it goes at a word speaking; it is one of the things that fulfil his word, Psalm 148:8. And if what Pliny (h) says is true, that snow never falls upon the high seas or main ocean, the expression here is, with great exactness and propriety, be thou on the earth. However, this is certain, that to the earth only it is useful, warming, refreshing, and fructifying; it has a wonderful virtue in it to fatten the earth. Olaus Magnus (i) reports, that in the northern countries, where it falls in great plenty, the fields are more fruitful than any others, and sooner put forth their fruits and increase than other fields prepared and cultivated with the greatest labour and diligence: and that they are often obliged to drive off the cattle from them, lest they should eat too much and burst, the fields and meadows becoming so luxurious by it; and frequently they mow off the tops of herbs and grass with their scythes, to prevent their growing too thick. The word of God, as for its purity, so for its warming, refreshing, and fructifying nature, is compared unto it, Isaiah 55:10;

likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength: that is, God says to these as to the snow, be upon the earth; and they presently are, whether lesser or larger showers: the lesser or more gentle, according to Seneca (k), fall in, the winter, and the larger in spring; the former when the north wind blows, the latter when the south; but whenever they come, they fall by the direction of God, and at his command. He and he only gives rain, the vanities of the Gentiles cannot; and these are sent to water and refresh the earth, and make it fruitful; for which reason also the word of God is compared thereunto, Deuteronomy 32:12. The Targum is,

"to the rain after rain in summer, to ripen the fruits; and to the rain after the rain, to cause the grass to bud in winter in his strength.''

So a shower of rain in the singular number signifies rain that falls in summer; and a shower of rain in the plural what falls in winter.

(f) Moreh Nevochim, par. 2. c. 26. (g) Descriptio Africae, l. 1. c. 27, 28. l. 2. c. 27, 46, 69. (h) Nat. Hist. l. 2. c. 103. (i) De Ritu Gent. Septentr. l. 19. c. 15. (k) Nat. Quaest. l. 4. c. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Be—more forcible than "fall," as Umbreit translates Ge 1:3.

to the small rain, &c.—He saith, Be on the earth. The shower increasing from "small" to "great," is expressed by the plural "showers" (Margin), following the singular "shower." Winter rain (So 2:11).

Job 37:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
5"God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend. 6"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' And to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.' 7"He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.…
Cross References
Job 5:10
He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.

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

Job 36:27
"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;

Job 38:22
"Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,

Psalm 147:16
He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
Treasury of Scripture

For he said to the snow, Be you on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

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

Psalm 147:16-18 He gives snow like wool: he scatters the hoarfrost like ashes…

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

likewise to the small, etc. Heb. and to the shower of rain, and to the showers of rain of his strength

Job 36:27 For he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according …

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Genesis 7:10-12 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood …

Ezra 10:9,13 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together …

Proverbs 28:3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

Ezekiel 13:11,13 Say to them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: …

Amos 9:6 It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and has founded his …

Matthew 7:25-27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, …

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