Job 9:7
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New International Version
He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.

New Living Translation
If he commands it, the sun won't rise and the stars won't shine.

English Standard Version
who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;

New American Standard Bible
Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;

King James Bible
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He commands the sun not to shine and seals off the stars.

International Standard Version
He commands the sun so that it doesn't shine and seals up the stars.

NET Bible
he who commands the sun and it does not shine and seals up the stars;

New Heart English Bible
He commands the sun, and it doesn't rise, and seals up the stars.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He commands the sun not to rise. He doesn't let the stars come out.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; And sealeth up the stars.

New American Standard 1977
Who commands the sun not to shine,
            And sets a seal upon the stars;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars.

King James 2000 Bible
Who commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars.

American King James Version
Which commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars.

American Standard Version
That commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, And sealeth up the stars;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who commandeth tile sun and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars as it were under a seal:

Darby Bible Translation
Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, and he sealeth up the stars;

English Revised Version
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

World English Bible
He commands the sun, and it doesn't rise, and seals up the stars.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is speaking to the sun, and it riseth not, And the stars He sealeth up.
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
6Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble; 7Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars; 8Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;…
Cross References
Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.

Ezekiel 32:7
"And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light.

Ezekiel 32:8
"All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land," Declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

Which commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars.

commandeth

Exodus 10:21,22 And the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven, …

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered …

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

Amos 4:13 For, see, he that forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and …

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the Lord GOD, that I …

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be …

sealeth

Job 37:7 He seals up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

Job 38:12-15,19,20 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring …

Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not …

Ezekiel 32:7 And when I shall put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the …

Luke 21:25,26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the …

(7) And sealeth up the stars--Comp. Job 41:15. The idea of shutting up, taking away the power of, &c., is contained in the expression "sealing."

Verse 7. - Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not. A magnificent idea of God's power, and, of course, quite true. All the movements of the earth and of the heavenly bodies are movements which God causes, and could at any moment suspend. The sun only rises upon the earth each day because God causes it to rise. If he were once to intermit his hand, the whole universe would fall into confusion. And sealeth up the stars. Either covers them with a thick darkness, which their rays cannot penetrate, or otherwise renders them invisible. The idea is that God, if he pleases, can remove the stars out of man's sight, hide them away, seal them up. Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not,.... Either he could do it if he would, by a word speaking, as he ordered it to stand still in the times of Joshua, Joshua 10:13, and caused the shadow to return ten degrees it had gone back in the dial of Ahaz, in the times of Hezekiah, 2 Kings 20:11; or else the sense is, it rises not at any other time and place but when and where he commands it; or he commands it not to rise in the same place at one time of the year as at another, and it rises not; or this may be understood of eclipses, or of its being covered with clouds in tempestuous weather for a considerable time together, when it seems as if it was not risen: some think this respects the three days' darkness in Egypt, when the Israelites were there, Exodus 10:22, which was a little before, or about the time of Job; or rather it refers to the general flood, in the times of Noah, when it rained forty days and forty nights, Genesis 7:12, during which time the sun appeared not, and so seemed as if it was not risen; see Amos 8:9; Herodotus (b) relates, from the memoirs of the Egyptians, that the sun rose four times out of its usual course; twice it rose where it now sets, and twice it set where it now rises:

and sealeth up the stars: either by the light of the sun in the daytime, which hides them that they are not visible, or by dark clouds and tempestuous weather in the night; such a season as that was in which the Apostle Paul and the mariners with him were, when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, Acts 27:20, and so the Targum paraphrases it, and"sealeth up the stars with clouds;''this may also refer to the time of the flood, during the rain of forty days and nights, Genesis 7:4; or to the annual motion of the sun through the ecliptic, which makes the point of the sun's rising and setting vary, and is the reason why some stars appear in summer and are sealed up in winter, and others that are seen in winter are not visible in summer; and so Cocceius interprets it.

(b) Euterpe, sive, l. 2. c. 149. 7. The sun, at His command, does not rise; namely, in an eclipse, or the darkness that accompanies earthquakes (Job 9:6).

sealeth up the stars—that is, totally covers as one would seal up a room, that its contents may not be seen.9:1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt the justice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; for how should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty of sins more than could be counted; and if God should contend with him in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, of all the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore he deserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Job mentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints. We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know not what he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which no creature can resist. Those who think they have strength enough to help others, will not be able to help themselves against it.
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