Job 36:29
New International Version
Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

New Living Translation
Who can understand the spreading of the clouds and the thunder that rolls forth from heaven?

English Standard Version
Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

Berean Study Bible
Furthermore, who can understand how the clouds spread out, how the thunder roars from His pavilion?

New American Standard Bible
"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?

King James Bible
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone understand how the clouds spread out or how the thunder roars from God's pavilion?

Contemporary English Version
Who can understand how God scatters the clouds and speaks from his home in the thunderstorm?

Good News Translation
No one knows how the clouds move or how the thunder roars through the sky, where God dwells.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone understand how the clouds spread out or how the thunder roars from God's pavilion?

International Standard Version
"Furthermore, can anyone understand cloud patterns, or the thundering in his pavilion?

NET Bible
Who can understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

New Heart English Bible
Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of his pavilion?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can anyone really understand how clouds spread out or how he thunders from his dwelling place?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The crashings of His pavilion?

New American Standard 1977
“Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall you understand the spreadings of the clouds or the noise of his tent?

King James 2000 Bible
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the thunder of his tabernacle?

American King James Version
Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

American Standard Version
Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And though one should understand the outspreadings of the clouds, or the measure of his tabernacle;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he will spread out clouds as his tent,

Darby Bible Translation
But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the crashing of his pavilion?

English Revised Version
Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

Webster's Bible Translation
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

World English Bible
Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of his pavilion?

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, doth any understand The spreadings out of a cloud? The noises of His tabernacle?
Study Bible
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
28which the clouds pour out and shower abundantly on mankind. 29Furthermore, who can understand how the clouds spread out, how the thunder roars from His pavilion? 30See how He scatters His lightning around Him and covers the depths of the sea.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:12
He made darkness a canopy around Him, a gathering of water and thick clouds.

Job 26:14
Indeed, these are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?"

Job 36:28
which the clouds pour out and shower abundantly on mankind.

Job 36:30
See how He scatters His lightning around Him and covers the depths of the sea.

Job 37:11
He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.

Job 37:16
Do you understand how the clouds float, those wonders of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

Isaiah 40:22
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth; its dwellers are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

Treasury of Scripture

Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

the spreadings

Job 37:16
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

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

1 Kings 18:44,45
And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not…

the noise

Job 37:2-5
Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth…

Psalm 18:13
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

Psalm 29:3-10
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters…







Lexicon
Furthermore,
אַ֣ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

who can understand
יָ֭בִין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

how the clouds
עָ֑ב (‘āḇ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5645: An envelope, darkness, a, cloud, a copse

spread out,
מִפְרְשֵׂי־ (mip̄·rə·śê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4666: A spreading out, something spread

how the thunder roars
תְּ֝שֻׁא֗וֹת (tə·šu·’ō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8663: A crashing, loud clamor

from His pavilion?
סֻכָּתֽוֹ׃ (suk·kā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5521: A thicket, booth
(29) The spreading of the clouds--i.e., how the clouds are spread over the heavens, and heaped up one upon the other like mountains in the skies when the storm gathers.

Or the noise of His tabernacle?--Or the thunderings of His pavilion (Psalm 18:12).

Verse 29. - Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds? The rapid generation of clouds, their gathering together, seemingly, from all quarters, and the way they almost suddenly overspread the heavens (1 Kings 18:45). are among the most remarkable phenomena of nature, and are very difficult to "understand" and account for. Or the noise of his tabernacle. The awful crash of the thunder, which echoes along the sky - God's "tabernacle," or pavilion (Psalm 18:11) - is, if not as inexplicable, even more fearful and astounding. Man shrinks and quails before the terrible sound, and feels himself in the presence of a mighty and inscrutable power. 36:24-33 Elihu endeavours to fill Job with high thought of God, and so to persuade him into cheerful submission to his providence. Man may see God's works, and is capable of discerning his hand in them, which the beasts are not, therefore they ought to give him the glory. But while the worker of iniquity ought to tremble, the true believer should rejoice. Children should hear with pleasure their Father's voice, even when he speaks in terror to his enemies. There is no light but there may be a cloud to intercept it. The light of the favour of God, the light of his countenance, the most blessed light of all, even that light has many a cloud. The clouds of our sins cause the Lord to his face, and hinder the light of his loving-kindness from shining on our souls.
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