Job 37:12
New International Version
At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.

New Living Translation
The clouds churn about at his direction. They do whatever he commands throughout the earth.

English Standard Version
They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.

Berean Study Bible
They swirl about, whirling at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth.

King James Bible
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

New King James Version
And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may do whatever He commands them On the face of the whole earth.

New American Standard Bible
“It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

NASB 1995
“It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

NASB 1977
“And it changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

Amplified Bible
“Its direction is turned around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

Christian Standard Bible
They swirl about, turning round and round at his direction, accomplishing everything he commands them over the surface of the inhabited world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They swirl about, turning round and round at His direction, accomplishing everything He commands them over the surface of the inhabited world.

American Standard Version
And it is turned round about by his guidance, That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it turns around and it returns to perform counsel, everything that he commands them on the face of the world of his Earth

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he will carry round the encircling clouds by his governance, to perform their works: whatsoever he shall command them,

Contemporary English Version
traveling across the sky

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which go round about, whithersoever the will of him that governeth them shall lead them, to whatsoever he shall command them upon the face of the whole earth :

English Revised Version
And it is turned round about by his guidance, that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the habitable world.

Good News Translation
as they move at God's will. They do all that God commands, everywhere throughout the world.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He guides the clouds as they churn round and round over the face of the inhabited earth to do everything he orders them.

International Standard Version
It whirls about in circles at his direction to accomplish all that he commands throughout the surface of the entire world,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they are turned round about by His guidance, That they may do whatsoever He commandeth them Upon the face of the habitable world:

Literal Standard Version
And it is turning itself around by His counsels, For their doing all He commands them, On the face of the habitable earth.

NET Bible
The clouds go round in circles, wheeling about according to his plans, to carry out all that he commands them over the face of the whole inhabited world.

New Heart English Bible
It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,

World English Bible
It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,

Young's Literal Translation
And it is turning itself round by His counsels, For their doing all He commandeth them, On the face of the habitable earth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
11He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them. 12They swirl about, whirling at His direction, accomplishing all that He commands over the face of all the earth. 13Whether for punishment or for His land, He accomplishes this in His loving devotion.…

Cross References
Job 36:32
He fills His hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

Job 37:3
He unleashes His lightning beneath the whole sky and sends it to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 147:15
He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly.

Psalm 148:8
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, powerful wind fulfilling His word,

Isaiah 14:21
Prepare a place to slaughter his sons for the iniquities of their forefathers. They will never rise up to possess a land or cover the earth with their cities.

Isaiah 27:6
In the days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will bud and blossom and fill the whole world with fruit.


Treasury of Scripture

And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commands them on the face of the world in the earth.

it

Psalm 65:9,10
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it…

Psalm 104:24
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Jeremiah 14:22
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

that

Psalm 148:8
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

James 5:17,18
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months…

Revelation 11:6
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.









Verse 12. - And it is turned round about by his counsels, "It" (i.e. the cloud) is "turned round" (or directed in its course) "by his counsels," or under the guidance of his wisdom, and so conveys his rain whither he pleases. That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. There is no expressed antecedent to "they." Perhaps the showers are intended, or the atmospheric influences generally.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They
וְה֤וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

swirl about,
מְסִבּ֨וֹת ׀ (mə·sib·bō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4524: That which surrounds or is round

turning round and round
מִתְהַפֵּ֣ךְ (miṯ·hap·pêḵ)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

at His direction,
בְּתַחְבּוּלֹתָ֣יו (bə·ṯaḥ·bū·lō·ṯāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8458: Steerage, guidance, a plan

accomplishing
לְפָעֳלָ֑ם (lə·p̄ā·‘o·lām)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6467: Doing, deed, work

all
כֹּ֖ל (kōl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

that
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

He commands
יְצַוֵּ֓ם ׀ (yə·ṣaw·wêm)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the face
פְּנֵ֖י (pə·nê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

of all
תֵבֵ֣ל (ṯê·ḇêl)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8398: The earth, the globe, its inhabitants, a particular land

the earth.
אָֽרְצָה׃ (’ā·rə·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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