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!'

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
            And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’

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.
Study Bible
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.…
Word Study

For he saith
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

to the snow
sheleg  (sheh'-leg)
snow (probably from its whiteness) -- snow(-y).

Be thou
hava'  (haw-vaw')
to be (in the sense of existence) -- be, have.

on the earth
'erets  (eh'-rets)
the earth (at large, or partitively a land) -- common, country, earth, field, ground, land, natins, way, + wilderness, world.

likewise to the small
matar  (maw-tawr')
rain -- rain.

rain
geshem  (gheh'-shem)
a shower -- rain, shower.

and to the great
matar  (maw-tawr')
rain -- rain.

rain
geshem  (gheh'-shem)
a shower -- rain, shower.

of his strength
`oz  (oze)
strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise) -- boldness, loud, might, power, strength, strong.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Job 5:10
"He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,

Job 28:26
When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,

Job 36:27
"For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,

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

Psalm 147:16
He gives snow like wool; He 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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