Job 38:24
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New International Version
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

New Living Translation
Where is the path to the source of light? Where is the home of the east wind?

English Standard Version
What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

New American Standard Bible
"Where is the way that the light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

King James Bible
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What road leads to the place where light is dispersed? Where is the source of the east wind that spreads across the earth?

International Standard Version
Where is the lightning diffused or the east wind scattered around the earth?

NET Bible
In what direction is lightning dispersed, or the east winds scattered over the earth?

New Heart English Bible
By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Which is the way to the place where light is scattered and the east wind is spread across the earth?

JPS Tanakh 1917
By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

New American Standard 1977
“Where is the way that the light is divided,
            Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

Jubilee Bible 2000
By what way is the light divided; from where is the east wind scattered upon the earth?

King James 2000 Bible
By what way is the light distributed, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?

American King James Version
By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind on the earth?

American Standard Version
By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
By what way is the light spread, and heat divided upon the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
By what way is the light parted, [and] the east wind scattered upon the earth?

English Revised Version
By what way is the light parted, or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

Webster's Bible Translation
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

World English Bible
By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?

Young's Literal Translation
Where is this, the way light is apportioned? It scattereth an east wind over the earth.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
23Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle? 24"Where is the way that the light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth? 25"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,…
Cross References
Job 26:10
"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.

Job 38:23
Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle?

Job 38:25
"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,
Treasury of Scripture

By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind on the earth?

Job 38:12,13 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring …

Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a …

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the …

(24) By what way is the light parted?--i.e., distributed in turn to all the inhabitants of the earth.

The east wind.--As naturally suggested by the origin of light and the mention of it.

Verse 24. - By what way is the light parted? or, distributed, so as to be enjoyed by all the inhabitants of the earth (Stanley Loathes). Which scattereth, etc.; rather, or by what way is the east wind scattered over the earth? (see the Revised Version) Job is asked to explain God's modus operandi in nature, which, of course, he cannot do. Hence his answer in Job 40:5. By what way is the light parted,.... That is, dost thou know by what way it is parted or divided? as at the first creation, when God divided the light from darkness, Genesis 1:4; or at sun rising and sun setting; and so in the two hemispheres, when there is darkness on the one, and light on the other; or under the two poles, when there are interchangeably six months light and six months darkness. Or how it is parted in an unequal distribution of day and night, at different seasons and in different climates; or how on one and the same day, and at the same time, the sun shall shine in one part of the earth, and not another; and more especially if this had been now a fact, and known, that there should be darkness all over the land of Egypt, and light in Goshen. Some understand this of lightning, but that is later mentioned;

which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? that rising sometimes with the sun, or first spring of light; see Jonah 4:8; or which light spreads and diffuses itself "from the east", as it may be rendered. The sun rises in the east, and in a very quick and surprising manner spreads and diffuses its light throughout the hemisphere. Or this may respect the east wind itself, which scatters the clouds; and either spreads them in the heavens over the earth, or disperses them and drives away rain (x), as the north wind does: or as Mr. Broughton renders the words, "and the east wind scattereth itself over the earth"; it blowing invisibly and without our knowledge, goes and returns as other winds do, John 3:8.

(x) "Agente nimbos ocyor euro". Horat. Carmin. l. 2. Ode 16. 24. is … parted—parts, so as to diffuse itself over the whole earth, though seeming to come from one point. Light travels from the sun to the earth, ninety millions of miles, in eight minutes.

which scattereth—rather, "And by what way the east wind (personified) spreads (scattereth) itself." The light and east wind are associated together, as both come from one quarter, and often arise together (Jon 4:8).38:12-24 The Lord questions Job, to convince him of his ignorance, and shame him for his folly in prescribing to God. If we thus try ourselves, we shall soon be brought to own that what we know is nothing in comparison with what we know not. By the tender mercy of our God, the Day-spring from on high has visited us, to give light to those that sit in darkness, whose hearts are turned to it as clay to the seal, 2Co 4:6. God's way in the government of the world is said to be in the sea; this means, that it is hid from us. Let us make sure that the gates of heaven shall be opened to us on the other side of death, and then we need not fear the opening of the gates of death. It is presumptuous for us, who perceive not the breadth of the earth, to dive into the depth of God's counsels. We should neither in the brightest noon count upon perpetual day, nor in the darkest midnight despair of the return of the morning; and this applies to our inward as well as to our outward condition. What folly it is to strive against God! How much is it our interest to seek peace with him, and to keep in his love!
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