Job 38:34
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English Standard Version
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?

King James Bible
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

American Standard Version
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that an abundance of waters may cover thee?

English Revised Version
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou lift thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

Job 38:34 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

28 Hath the rain a father,

Or who begetteth the drops of dew?

29 Out of whose womb cometh the ice forth,

And who bringeth forth the hoar-frost of heaven?

30 The waters become hard like stone,

And the face of the deep is rolled together.

Rain and dew have no created father, ice and hoar-frost no created mother. The parallelism in both instances shows that מי הוליד asks after the one who begets, and מי ילדו the one who bears (vid., Hupfeld on Psalm 2:7). בּטן is uterus, and meton. (at least in Arabic) progenies uteri; ex utero cujus is מבטן מי, in distinction from מאי־זה בטן, ex quo utero. אגלי־טל is excellently translated by the lxx, Codd. Vat. and Sin., βώλους (with Omega) δρόσου; Ges. and Schlottm. correct to βόλους, but βῶλος signifies not merely a clod, but also a lump and a ball. It is the particles of the dew holding together (lxx, Cod. Alex.: συνοχὰς καὶ βω. δρ.) in a globular form, from אגל, which does not belong to גּלל, but to Arab. 'jil, retinere, II colligere (whence agı̂l, standing water, ma'‛gal, a pool, pond); אגלי is constr., like עגלי from עגל. The waters "hide themselves," by vanishing as fluid, therefore: freeze. The surface of the deep (lxx ἀσεβοῦς, for which Zwingli has in marg. ἀβύσσου) "takes hold of itself," or presses together (comp. Arab. lekda, crowding, synon. hugûm, a striking against) by forming itself into a firm solid mass (continuum, Job 41:9, comp. Job 37:10). Moreover, the questions all refer not merely to the analysis of the visible origin of the phenomena, but to their final causes.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Samuel 12:18 So Samuel called to the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

Amos 5:8 Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night...

Zechariah 10:1 Ask you of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain...

James 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Cross References
Job 22:11
or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

Job 36:27
For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain,

Job 36:28
which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.

Job 38:37
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,

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