Job 38:31
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New International Version
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion's belt?

New Living Translation
"Can you direct the movement of the stars--binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?

English Standard Version
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?

King James Bible
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?

International Standard Version
"Can you bind the chains of Pleiades or loosen the cords of Orion?

NET Bible
Can you tie the bands of the Pleiades, or release the cords of Orion?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can you connect the chains of the [constellation] Pleiades or untie the ropes of Orion?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

King James 2000 Bible
Can you bind the cluster of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

American King James Version
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

American Standard Version
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shalt thou be able to join together the shining stars the Pleiades, or canst thou stop the turning about of Arcturus?

Darby Bible Translation
Canst thou fasten the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?

English Revised Version
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

World English Bible
"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou bind sweet influences of Kimah? Or the attractions of Kesil dost thou open?
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 31. - Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades? (On the almost certain identification of the Hebrew Kirnah with the Pleiades, see the comment on Job 9:9.) Whether the "sweet influences" of the constellation are here spoken of is very doubtful. Schultens and Professor Lee support the rendering; but most critics prefer to translate the word employed (מעדנים) by "chains" or "fastenings" (Rashi, Kimchi, Rosenmuller, Dillmann, Canon Cook). If we adopt this view, we must suppose the invisible links which unite the stars into a constellation to be intended. Job is asked whether he can draw the links nearer together, and bind the stars closer to one another. Or loose the bands of Orion? The identity of Kesil with Orion is generally allowed. Job is asked if he can loosen the tie which unites the several members of this constellation together. Of course, he can pretend to no such powers.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,.... Of which See Gill on Job 9:9; and this constellation of the seven stars which is meant, rising in the spring, the pleasantnesses of the season, as the word may be rendered, may be intended here; which cannot be restrained or hindered from taking place in the proper course of the year; which is beautifully described in Sol 2:12; and may in a spiritual sense relate to the effects of powerful and efficacious grace, the influences of which are irresistible, and cause a springtime in the souls of men, where it was before winter, a state of darkness, deadness, coldness, hardness, and unfruitfulness, but now the reverse. Some versions read, "the bands of the Pleiades" (l), as if the sense was, canst thou gather and bind, or cluster together, such a constellation as the seven stars be, as I have done? thou canst not; and so not stop their rising or hinder their influences, according to the other versions:

or loose the bands of Orion? of which See Gill on Job 9:9 and Amos 5:8. This constellation appears in the winter, and brings with it stormy winds, rain, snow, and frost, which latter binds up the earth, that seeds and roots in it cannot spring up; and binds the hands of men from working, by benumbing them, or rendering their materials or utensils useless; for which reasons bands are ascribed to Orion, and are such strong ones that it is not in the power of men to loose: the seasons are not to be altered by men; and, Job might be taught by this that it was not in his power to make any change in the dispensations of Providence; to turn the winter of adversity into the spring of prosperity; and therefore it was best silently to submit to the sovereignty of God, and wait his time for a change of circumstances.

(l) , Sept. "nexus stellarum", Schmidt; so Jarchi and Targum.--According to the Talmud, the word signifies an hundred stars. Vid. T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 58. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. sweet influences—the joy diffused by spring, the time when the Pleiades appear. The Eastern poets, Hafiz, Sadi, &c., describe them as "brilliant rosettes." Gesenius translates: "bands" or "knot," which answers better the parallelism. But English Version agrees better with the Hebrew. The seven stars are closely "bound" together (see on [550]Job 9:9). "Canst thou bind or loose the tie?" "Canst thou loose the bonds by which the constellation Orion (represented in the East as an impious giant chained to the sky) is held fast?" (See on [551]Job 9:9).

Job 38:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Challenges Job
30"Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned. 31"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? 32"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?…
Cross References
Job 9:9
He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

Job 38:30
when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Job 38:32
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

Amos 5:8
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name.
Treasury of Scripture

Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Pleiades. or, the seven stars. Heb. Cimah

Job 9:9 Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Amos 5:8 Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow …

Orion. or, Cesil

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