Job 38:28
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New International Version
Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

New Living Translation
"Does the rain have a father? Who gives birth to the dew?

English Standard Version
“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?

New American Standard Bible
"Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

King James Bible
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew?

International Standard Version
"Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the dew?

NET Bible
Does the rain have a father, or who has fathered the drops of the dew?

New Heart English Bible
Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does the rain have a father? Who gave birth to the dewdrops?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

New American Standard 1977
“Has the rain a father?
            Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of the dew?

King James 2000 Bible
Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?

American King James Version
Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?

American Standard Version
Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is the father of rain ? or who begot the drops of dew?

Darby Bible Translation
Hath the rain a father? or who begetteth the drops of dew?

English Revised Version
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of the dew?

World English Bible
Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?

Young's Literal Translation
Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
27To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout? 28"Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29"From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?…
Cross References
Job 36:27
"For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,

Job 36:28
Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.

Psalm 147:8
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

Jeremiah 14:22
Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
Treasury of Scripture

Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?

Hath the

Job 38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it …

Job 5:9,10 Which does great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number…

1 Samuel 12:17,18 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call to the LORD, and he shall …

Psalm 65:9,10 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the …

Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, …

Jeremiah 10:13 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, …

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

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your …

Amos 4:7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three …

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

dew

Job 29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night on my branch.

Genesis 27:28,39 Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the …

Deuteronomy 33:13,28 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious …

2 Samuel 1:21 You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be …

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast …

Verse 28. - Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? How do rain and dew come into existence? Can Job make them, or any other man? Can man even conceive of the process by which they were made? If not, must not their Maker, who is God, be wholly inscrutable? Hath the rain a father?.... None but God; hence the Heathens themselves call God (y), and (z); see Jeremiah 14:22; he that is our Father in heaven is the Father of rain, and him only; whatever secondary causes there be, God only is the efficient cause, parent, and producer of it: so the Gospel is not of men but of God, is a gift of his, comes down from heaven, tarries not for men, and is a great blessing, as rain is;

or who hath begotten the drops of the dew? which are innumerable; he that is the parent of the rain is of the dew also, and he only (a); to which sometimes not only the word of God, and his free favour and good will, but the people of God themselves are compared for their number, influence, and use; see Psalm 110:3; and their new birth is similar to the generation of dew, it being not of the will of man, but of God, according to his abundant mercy, free favour, and good will, is from above, from heaven, and is effected silently, secretly, suddenly, at an unawares; John 1:13.

(y) Aristot. de Mundo, c. 7. (z) Pausan. Attica, sive, l. 1. p. 60. (a) Though a certain poet (Alcman Lyricus apud Macrob. Saturnal. l. 7. c. 16.) says that dew is the offspring of the air and of the moon; but these can only at most be reckoned but secondary causes. The Arabs speak of an angel over dew. Abulpharag, Hist. Dynast. p. 75. 28. Can any visible origin of rain and dew be assigned by man? Dew is moisture, which was suspended in the air, but becomes condensed on reaching the—in the night—lower temperature of objects on the earth.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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