Job 12:15
New International Version
If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

New Living Translation
If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert. If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.

English Standard Version
If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.

Berean Study Bible
If He holds back the waters, they dry up, and if He releases them, they overwhelm the land.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

King James Bible
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
When he withholds water, everything dries up, and when he releases it, it destroys the land.

Contemporary English Version
God can hold back the rain or send a flood,

Good News Translation
Drought comes when God withholds rain; floods come when he turns water loose.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He withholds the waters, everything dries up, and when He releases them, they destroy the land.

International Standard Version
When he withholds water, rivers dry up; when he lets them loose, they'll flood the land.

NET Bible
If he holds back the waters, then they dry up; if he releases them, they destroy the land.

New Heart English Bible
Look, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he holds back the waters, there is a drought. When he releases them, they flood the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall withhold the waters, and they shall dry up; also he shall send them forth, and they shall destroy the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

American King James Version
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

American Standard Version
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If he should withhold the water, he will dry the earth: and if he should let it loose, he overthrows and destroys it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he withhold the waters, all things shall be dried up: and if he send them out, they shall overturn the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; and he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

English Revised Version
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

World English Bible
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He keepeth in the waters, and they are dried up, And he sendeth them forth, And they overturn the land.
Study Bible
Job Responds to Zophar
14What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released. 15If He holds back the waters, they dry up, and if He releases them, they overwhelm the land. 16True wisdom and power belong to Him. The deceived and the deceiver are His.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Genesis 8:1
But God remembered Noah and all the animals and livestock that were with him in the ark. And He sent a wind over the earth, and the waters began to subside.

Deuteronomy 11:17
or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you. He will shut the heavens so that there will be no rain, nor will the land yield its produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.

1 Kings 8:35
When the skies are shut and there is no rain because Your people have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and they turn from their sins because You have afflicted them,

1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was among the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, I stand before Him, and in these years there will be neither dew nor rain except at my word!"

Job 28:25
When God fixed the weight of the wind and measured out the waters,

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

Behold

Job 12:10
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Genesis 8:1,2
And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; …

1 Kings 8:35,36
When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: …

he sendeth

Genesis 6:13,17
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth…

Genesis 7:11,23
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…

Psalm 104:7-9
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away…







Lexicon
If
הֵ֤ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

He holds back
יַעְצֹ֣ר (ya‘·ṣōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6113: To inclose, to hold back, to maintain, rule, assemble

the waters,
בַּמַּ֣יִם (bam·ma·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

they dry up,
וְיִבָ֑שׁוּ (wə·yi·ḇā·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3001: To be ashamed, confused, disappointed, to dry up, wither

and if He releases them,
וִֽ֝ישַׁלְּחֵ֗ם (wî·šal·lə·ḥêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

they overwhelm
וְיַ֖הַפְכוּ (wə·ya·hap̄·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

the land.
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
Verse 15. - Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up. God, at his pleasure, causes great droughts, which are among the worst calamities that can happen. He withholds the blessed rain from heaven (Deuteronomy 11:17; 1 Kings 8:35; 1 Kings 17:1), and the springs shrink, and the rivers dry up, and a fruitful land is turned into a desert, and famine stalks through the land, and men perish by thousands. Also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth; i.e. he causes floods and inundations. Once upon a time he overwhelmed the whole earth, and destroyed almost the entire race of mankind, by a deluge of an extraordinary character, which so fixed itself in the human consciousness, that traces of it are to be found in the traditions of almost all the various races of men. But, beside this great occasion, he also in ten thousand other cases, causes, by means of floods, tremendous ruin and devastation, sweeping away crops and cattle, and even villages and cities, sometimes even "overturning the earth," causing lakes to burst, rivers to change their course, vast tracts of land to be permanently submerged, and the contour of coasts to be altered. 12:12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God's powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?
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