From the golden north it cometh, Beside God is fearful honour.
Job 37:22 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Fair weather cometh out of the north - Is this any version of the original מצפון זהב יאתה mitstsaphon zahab yeetheh? which is rendered by almost every version, ancient and modern, thus, or to this effect: "From the north cometh gold." Calmet justly remarks, that in the time of Moses, Job, and Solomon, and for a long time after, gold was obtained from Colchis, Armenia, Phasis, and the land of Ophir, which were all north of Judea and Idumea; and are in the Scriptures ordinarily termed the north country. "But what relation can there be between, Gold cometh out of the north, and, With God is terrible majesty?" Answer: Each thing has its properties, and proper characteristics, which distinguish it; and each country has its advantages. Gold, for instance, comes from the northern countries; so praises offered to the Supreme God should be accompanied with fear and trembling: and as this metal is from the north, and northern countries are the places whence it must be procured; so terrible majesty belongs to God, and in him alone such majesty is eternally resident. As זהב zahob, which we translate gold, (see Job 28:16), comes from a root that signifies to be clear, bright, resplendent, etc.; Mr. Good avails himself of the radical idea, and translates it splendor: -
"Splendor itself is with God;
But he alters the text a little to get this meaning, particularly in the word יאתה yeetheh, which we translate cometh, and which he contends is the pronoun אתה itself; the י yod, as a performative, here being, as he thinks, an interpolation. This makes a very good sense; but none of the ancient versions understood the place thus, and none of the MSS. countenance this very learned critic's emendation.
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Fair. Heb. Gold weather
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Job 40:10 Deck yourself now with majesty and excellency; and array yourself with glory and beauty.
1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty...
Psalm 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
Psalm 66:5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
Psalm 68:7,8 O God, when you went forth before your people, when you did march through the wilderness; Selah...
Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, with which he has girded himself...
Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty.
Psalm 145:5 I will speak of the glorious honor of your majesty, and of your wondrous works.
Isaiah 2:10,19 Enter into the rock, and hide you in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty...
Micah 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide...
Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked...
Habakkuk 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power...
Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
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