Job 36:32
New International Version
He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

New Living Translation
He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target.

English Standard Version
He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

Berean Study Bible
He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

King James Bible
With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

New King James Version
He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike.

New American Standard Bible
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the target.

NASB 1995
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

NASB 1977
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

Amplified Bible
“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

Christian Standard Bible
He covers his hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He covers His hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.

American Standard Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And with the hands he will cover the light, and he will go forth upon them that they may meet with him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He has hidden the light in his hands, and given charge concerning it to the interposing cloud.

Contemporary English Version
Each flash of lightning is one of his arrows striking its target,

Douay-Rheims Bible
In his hands he hideth the light, and commandeth it to come again.

English Revised Version
He covereth his hands with the lightning; and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Good News Translation
He seizes the lightning with his hands and commands it to hit the mark.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He fills his hands with lightning and orders it to hit the target.

International Standard Version
His hands are covered with lightning that he commands to strike his designated target.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He covereth His hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Literal Standard Version
By two palms He has covered the light, And lays a charge over it in meeting,

NET Bible
With his hands he covers the lightning, and directs it against its target.

New Heart English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

World English Bible
He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.

Young's Literal Translation
By two palms He hath covered the light, And layeth a charge over it in meeting,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
31For by these He judges the nations and provides food in abundance. 32 He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. 33The thunder declares His presence; even the cattle regard the rising storm.…

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

Job 37:12
They swirl about, whirling at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth.

Job 38:35
Can you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?


Treasury of Scripture

With clouds he covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the cloud that comes between.

Job 26:9
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Exodus 10:21-23
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt…

Psalm 18:11
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.









(32) With clouds.--The word here rendered "clouds" really means hands, and there seems to be no good reason why it should be otherwise understood. The verse will then read, "He covereth the lightning with His hands, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark;" or, according to some, "giveth it a charge against the assailant." The figure is that of a man hurling a stone or bolt, and taking aim; and a very fine one the image is. The Authorised Version cannot be right with its five inserted words.

Verse 32. - With clouds he covereth the light; rather, he covereth both his hands with light, i.e. with the lightning. So Vul was represented in Assyrian and Zeus in Greek mythology, as filling their hands with thunderbolts, and hurling them upon their foes in their wrath. And commandeth it not to shine, etc. This rendering is wholly indefensible. Translate, And layeth command upon it that it strike the mark (compare the Revised Version).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He fills
כִּסָּה־ (kis·sāh-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

His hands
כַּפַּ֥יִם (kap·pa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

with lightning
א֑וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

and commands
וַיְצַ֖ו (way·ṣaw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

it
עָלֶ֣יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

to strike its mark.
בְמַפְגִּֽיעַ׃ (ḇə·map̄·gî·a‘)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6293: To impinge, by accident, violence, by importunity


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