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

New Living Translation
Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives?

English Standard Version
to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,

Berean Study Bible
to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives,

New American Standard Bible
To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,

King James Bible
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

Christian Standard Bible
to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life,

Contemporary English Version
on empty deserts where no one lives?

Good News Translation
Who makes rain fall where no one lives?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life,

International Standard Version
to bring rain upon a land without inhabitants, a desert in which no human beings live,

NET Bible
to cause it to rain on an uninhabited land, a desert where there are no human beings,

New Heart English Bible
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on a desert where there are no humans,

JPS Tanakh 1917
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is, On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

New American Standard 1977
To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,

Jubilee Bible 2000
to cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;

King James 2000 Bible
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;

American King James Version
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

American Standard Version
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That it should rain on the earth without man in the wilderness, where no mortal dwelleth :

Darby Bible Translation
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is; on the wilderness wherein there is not a man;

English Revised Version
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

Webster's Bible Translation
To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness in which there is no man;

World English Bible
To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;

Young's Literal Translation
To cause it to rain on a land -- no man, A wilderness -- no man in it.
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
25Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt, 26to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives, 27to satisfy the parched wasteland and make it sprout with tender grass?…
Cross References
Job 5:10
He gives rain to the earth and sends water upon the fields.

Job 28:26
when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt,

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

Job 37:13
Whether for punishment or for His land, He accomplishes this in His loving devotion.

Job 38:25
Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt,

Psalm 65:12
The pastures of the wilderness overflow; the hills are robed with joy.

Psalm 135:7
He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses.

Psalm 147:8
who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the hills.

Treasury of Scripture

To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

To cause (It is well known that rain falls copiously in thunder storms. The flash is first seen, the clap is next heard, and last the rain descends; though in fact they all take place at the same time. The lightning traverses all space in no perceivable succession of time. Sound is propagated at the rate of

Job 38:11 And said, Till now shall you come, but no further: and here shall …

on the wilderness

Psalm 104:10-14 He sends the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills…

Psalm 107:35 He turns the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into springs.

Psalm 147:8,9 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, …

Isaiah 35:1,2 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and …

Isaiah 41:18,19 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the middle of …

Isaiah 43:19,20 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you …

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? …

Hebrews 6:7,8 For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes oft on it, and …







(26) To cause it to rain on the earth.--Because God is mindful of His creation, independently of the wants of man.

Verse 26. - To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man. God not only causes his rain to fall equally on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), but equally, or almost equally, on inhabited lauds and uninhabited. His providence does not limit itself to supplying the wants of man, but has tender regard to the beasts, and birds, and reptiles, and insects which possess the lands whereon man has not yet set his foot. To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man. Which is uninhabited by men, being so dry and barren; where there is no man to cultivate and water it, as gardens are; and where is no man to receive any advantage by the rain that comes upon it; and yet the Lord sends it for the use of animals that dwell there; which shows his care and providence with respect even to the wild beasts of the earth. This may be an emblem of the rain of the Gospel upon the Gentile world, comparable to a wilderness; see Isaiah 35:1. 26. Since rain fails also on places uninhabited by man, it cannot be that man guides its course. Such rain, though man cannot explain the reason for it, is not lost. God has some wise design in it.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.



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