Job 26:8
New International Version
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

New Living Translation
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don't burst with the weight.

English Standard Version
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.

Berean Study Bible
He wraps up the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their own weight.

New American Standard Bible
"He wraps up the waters in His clouds, And the cloud does not burst under them.

King James Bible
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

Christian Standard Bible
He wraps up the water in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst beneath its weight.

Contemporary English Version
God stores water in clouds, but they don't burst,

Good News Translation
It is God who fills the clouds with water and keeps them from bursting with the weight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He wraps up the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst beneath their weight.

International Standard Version
"He restricts the waters within clouds and the clouds don't burst open under them.

NET Bible
He locks the waters in his clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them.

New Heart English Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He holds the water in his thick clouds, and the clouds don't [even] split under its [weight].

JPS Tanakh 1917
He bindeth up the waters in His thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them.

New American Standard 1977
“He wraps up the waters in His clouds; And the cloud does not burst under them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

King James 2000 Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not torn under them.

American King James Version
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

American Standard Version
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
binding water in his clouds, and the cloud is not rent under it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He bindeth up the waters in his clouds, so that they break not out and fall down together.

Darby Bible Translation
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them.

English Revised Version
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

Webster's Bible Translation
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

World English Bible
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.

Young's Literal Translation
Binding up the waters in His thick clouds, And the cloud is not rent under them.
Study Bible
Job: Who Can Understand God's Majesty?
7He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth upon nothing. 8He wraps up the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their own weight. 9He covers the face of the full moon, spreading His cloud over it.…
Cross References
Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.

Psalm 147:8
who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the hills.

Proverbs 30:4
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in His cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son--surely you know!

Treasury of Scripture

He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

bindeth up

Job 36:29
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Job 38:9,37
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, …

Genesis 1:6,7
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters…

thick clouds

Job 37:11-16
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: …

Psalm 18:10,11
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind…

and the cloud

Isaiah 5:6
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.







Lexicon
He wraps up
צֹרֵֽר־ (ṣō·rêr-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6887: To bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, or cramped

the waters
מַ֥יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

in His clouds,
בְּעָבָ֑יו (bə·‘ā·ḇāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5645: An envelope, darkness, a, cloud, a copse

yet the clouds
עָנָ֣ן (‘ā·nān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6051: A cloud, the nimbus, thunder-cloud

do not
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

burst
נִבְקַ֖ע (niḇ·qa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1234: To cleave, to rend, break, rip, open

under their own weight.
תַּחְתָּֽם׃ (taḥ·tām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of
(8) He bindeth up the waters.--The idea of the waters being bound up in the clouds, so that the clouds are not rent thereby, is similar to that in Genesis 1:7. The conception is that of a vast treasury of water above the visible sky, which is kept there in apparent defiance of what we know as the laws of gravitation, and which all experience would show was liable to fall of itself.

Verse 8. - He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; i.e. he makes the clouds, that we see floating in the atmosphere, contain and hold the waters on which the productiveness of the earth depends, and which he restrains, or allows to fall in fertilizing rain, at his pleasure (comp. 1 Kings 17:1). And the cloud is not rent under them. The metaphor is, no doubt, drawn from those water-skins, so well known in the East, and especially in Arabia, in which men stored the water for their journeys and other needs, which were liable to be "rent" by the weight of the liquid within them. 26:5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Ps 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
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