Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices?
Job 38:25 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Divided a water-course - The original תעלה tealah, from עלה alah, to ascend, may signify rather a cloud, or clouds in general, where the waters are stored up. I cannot see how the overflowings or torrents of water can be said to ascend any other way than by evaporation; and it is by this Divine contrivance that the earth is not only irrigated, but even dried; and by this means too much moisture is not permitted to lie upon the ground, which would not only be injurious to vegetation, but even destroy it. But query, may not a waterspout be intended?
A way for the lightning of thunder - "A path for the bolt of thunder." God is represented as directing the course even of the lightning; he launches the bolt, and makes the path in which it is to run. To grasp, manage, and dart the thunderbolt or lightning, was a work which heathenism gave to Jupiter, its supreme god. None of the inferior deities were capable of this. But who can thunder with a voice like the Almighty? He is The Thunderer.
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Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
Job 36:27,28 For he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof...
Job 37:3-6 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends of the earth...
Psalm 29:3-10 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters...
Job 38:25 Parallel CommentariesChannel Cleft Conduit Cut Cuts Divided Flaming Flash Flood Flowing Lightning Overflowing Path Rain Thunder Thunderbolt Thunder's Thunderstorm Torrents Voices Water Watercourse Waterflood Waters WayChannel Cleft Conduit Cut Cuts Divided Flaming Flash Flood Flowing Lightning Overflowing Path Rain Thunder Thunderbolt Thunder's Thunderstorm Torrents Voices Water Watercourse Waterflood Waters WayTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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