Job 38:25
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New International Version
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Living Translation
"Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the lightning?

English Standard Version
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,

New American Standard Bible
"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,

King James Bible
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning,

International Standard Version
"Who cuts canals for storm floods, and paths for the lightning and thunder,

NET Bible
Who carves out a channel for the heavy rains, and a path for the rumble of thunder,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who made a channel for the flooding rains and a path for the thunderstorms

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters or a way for the lightning of thunder,

King James 2000 Bible
Who has divided a channel for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

American King James Version
Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

American Standard Version
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who gave a course to violent showers, or a way for noisy thunder :

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath divided a channel for the rain-flood, and a way for the thunder's flash;

English Revised Version
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

World English Bible
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - Who hath divided a water-course for the overflowing of waters? rather, as in the Revised Version, Who hath cleft a channel for the water-flood? i.e. Who has furrowed and seamed the ground (in Western Asia) with deep gullies, or "water-courses," for the rapid carrying off of the violent rains to which those regions are subject? The wadies of Syria and Arabia seem to be alluded to. They too are God's work, not Job's. Or a way for the lightning of thunder? The "way" for the passage of the electric current is not marked out beforehand, like the way for the escape of the superfluous waters; but it is equally determined on and arranged previously by God, who has laid down the laws which it is bound to follow.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters,.... For a very large shower of rain, as the Vulgate Latin version: for this is not to be understood of an aqueduct, channel, or canal made on earth, either for the draining of waters off of land overflowed thereby, or for the conveyance of it to different parts to overflow it; such as were cut out of the Nile in Egypt, for the overflowing of the land, to make it fruitful; such may be and have been made by men: but of a watercourse in the air or atmosphere, as a canal or channel, for the rain to come down upon the earth; and this is the work of God, and him only, who directs and steers the course of rain, that it falls regularly and gently, not in spouts and floods, but in drops larger or lesser, on what spot of ground, or part of the earth, he pleases: and if what Jarchi says true, that every drop has its course, its canal, through which it passes, it is still more wonderful;

or a way for the lightning of thunder: which generally go together, and are of God. His fire and voice, and for which he makes a way, by which they burst and break forth out of the cloud, and their course is directed by him under the whole heavens; see Job 28:26. So the Gospel, compared to rain and lightning, has its direction and its course steered to what part of the world, he pleases; see Psalm 19:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. waters—Rain falls, not in a mass on one spot, but in countless separate canals in the air marked out for them.

way for the lightning—(Job 28:26).

Job 38:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Challenges Job
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, 26To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,…
Cross References
Job 28:26
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,

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

Job 38:26
to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,

Psalm 135:7
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Treasury of Scripture

Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Job 36:27,28 For he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according …

Job 37:3-6 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends …

Psalm 29:3-10 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: …

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