Job 38:37
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New International Version
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

New Living Translation
Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven

English Standard Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,

New American Standard Bible
"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

King James Bible
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven

International Standard Version
Who has the wisdom to be able to count the clouds, or to empty the water jars of heaven,

NET Bible
Who by wisdom can count the clouds, and who can tip over the water jars of heaven,

New Heart English Bible
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is wise enough to count the clouds or pour out the water jars of heaven

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

New American Standard 1977
“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
            Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who declared the heavens in wisdom? Or who can stay the bottles of heaven

King James 2000 Bible
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? or who can pour out the water skins of heaven,

American King James Version
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

American Standard Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who can declare the order of the heavens, or who can make the harmony of heaven to sleep?

Darby Bible Translation
Who numbereth the clouds with wisdom? or who poureth out the bottles of the heavens,

English Revised Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Webster's Bible Translation
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

World English Bible
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth number the clouds by wisdom? And the bottles of the heavens, Who doth cause to lie down,
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
36"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind? 37"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens, 38When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?…
Cross References
Job 9:4
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

Job 38:34
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?

Job 38:38
When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?
Treasury of Scripture

Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

number

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, …

Psalm 147:4 He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.

or who

Genesis 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle …

Genesis 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and …

stay. Heb. cause to lie down

(37) Who can stay the bottles of heaven?--This is understood in two opposite senses--of pouring out the bottles or of laying them up in store. It is not easy to decide which is most in accordance with the context, for the context also is somewhat uncertain, according as we interpret the solid mass of thick mud or of hard, dry soil. The survey of physical phenomena ends with this verse.

Verse 37. - Who can number the clouds in wisdom? i.e. Who is wise enough to number the clouds, and say how many they are? Or who can stay the bottles of heaven! rather, Who can pour out? (see the Revised Version). The "bottles," or "water-skins," of heaven are the dense clouds heavy with rain, which alternately hold the moisture like a reservoir, and pour it out upon the earth. God alone can determine when the rain shall fall. Who can number the clouds in wisdom?.... Or has such wisdom as to be able to count them when the heavens are full of them; hence they are used to denote a great multitude, Isaiah 55:8; or "declare" them (t), set forth and explain the nature of them, their matter, motion, and use; none can do this perfectly or completely. Aben Ezra interprets it, who can make them as sapphire? in which he is followed by Mr. Broughton and others (u); the sapphire is a precious stone, very clear and lucid, of a sky colour. And then the sense is, who can make a clear and serene sky, when it is cloudy? None but the Lord; see Job 37:11;

or who can stay the bottles of heaven? or "barrels", as Mr. Broughton; the clouds in which the rain is bottled or barrelled up; and when it is the pleasure of God to pour them out, who can stay, stop, or restrain them? or who can "cause them to lie down" (w)? that is, on the earth; to descend or "distil" on it, as the same translator. Who can do this, when it is the will of God to withhold them? To stop or unstop, those bottles, to restrain rain, or pour it forth, is entirely at his dispose, and not man's; see Job 38:34.

(t) "enarrabit", V. L. "vel explicabit", Mercerus, Schmidt. (u) Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Vid. Ravii Orthograph. Ebr. p. 22. (w) "cubare faciet", Drusius, Schmidt; "quiescere", Montanus; "descendere", Pagninus, so Aben Ezra; "effundit humi", Schultens. 37. Who appoints by his wisdom the due measure of the clouds?

stay—rather, "empty"; literally, "lay down" or "incline" so as to pour out.

bottles of heaven—rain-filled clouds.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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