Job 37:18
New International Version
can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

New Living Translation
he makes the skies reflect the heat like a bronze mirror. Can you do that?

English Standard Version
Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror?

Berean Study Bible
can you, like Him, spread out the skies to reflect the heat like a mirror of bronze?

King James Bible
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

New King James Version
With Him, have you spread out the skies, Strong as a cast metal mirror?

New American Standard Bible
“Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a cast metal mirror?

NASB 1995
"Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?

NASB 1977
“Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?

Amplified Bible
“Can you, with Him, spread out the sky, Strong as a molten mirror?

Christian Standard Bible
can you help God spread out the skies as hard as a cast metal mirror?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
can you help God spread out the skies as hard as a cast metal mirror?

American Standard Version
Canst thou with him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Will you spread out the mighty sky with him to uphold together?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wilt thou establish with him foundations for the ancient heavens? they are strong as a molten mirror.

Contemporary English Version
God can hammer out the clouds in spite of the oppressive heat, but can you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou perhaps hast made the heavens with him, which are most strong, as if they were of molten brass.

English Revised Version
Canst thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong as a molten mirror?

Good News Translation
Can you help God stretch out the sky and make it as hard as polished metal?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you stretch out the skies with him and make them as firm as a mirror made of metal?

International Standard Version
Can you spread out the skies like he does; can you cast them as one might a mirror?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Canst thou with Him spread out the sky, Which is strong as a molten mirror?

Literal Standard Version
You have made an expanse with Him "" For the clouds—strong as a hard mirror!

NET Bible
will you, with him, spread out the clouds, solid as a mirror of molten metal?

New Heart English Bible
Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?

World English Bible
Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast made an expanse with Him For the clouds -- strong as a hard mirror!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
17You whose clothes get hot when the land lies hushed under the south wind, 18can you, like Him, spread out the skies to reflect the heat like a mirror of bronze? 19Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness.…

Cross References
Job 9:8
He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.

Job 37:17
You whose clothes get hot when the land lies hushed under the south wind,

Psalm 104:2
He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent,

Isaiah 44:24
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who by Myself spread out the earth,

Isaiah 45:12
It is I who made the earth and created man upon it. It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, and I ordained all their host.

Jeremiah 10:12
The LORD made the earth by His power; He established the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.

Zechariah 12:1
This is the burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD, who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth, who forms the spirit of man within him:


Treasury of Scripture

Have you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

spread

Job 9:8,9
Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea…

Genesis 1:6-8
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters…

Psalm 104:2
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

as

Exodus 38:8
And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.









(18) Spread out the sky.--Some understand this of the action of the sun in dispersing the clouds; but it seems more probable that it refers to God. "Hast thou spread out with Him the magnificent dome of heaven?" The words used, however, imply the clouds rather than the cloudless sky which resembles a burnished mirror; so that it is not improbable that the sun may be the subject here and in the following verses.

Verse 18. - Hast thou with him spread out the sky? Didst thou assist in the spreading out of the sky, that great and magnificent work of the Creator, transcending almost all others (see the comment on Job 9:8)? Or did not God effect this work alone, without even a counsellor (Isaiah 40:13, 14), so that thou hadst no part in it? Which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass. The sky is "strong" or "firm;" i.e. enduring or permanent, though not really hard like a mirror. Elihu, however, seems to have regarded it, like many of the ancients, as a solid mass, resembling a concave mirror of metal. The translation, "looking-glass," is wrong, both here and in Exodus 38:8, since glass was not used for mirrors until the period of the early Roman empire. The earlier mirrors were of polished metal (see Smith's 'Dict. of Antiquities,' vol. 3. pp. 1052, 1212).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
can you, like Him,
עִ֭מּוֹ (‘im·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

spread out
תַּרְקִ֣יעַ (tar·qî·a‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7554: To pound the earth, to expand, to overlay

the skies
לִשְׁחָקִ֑ים (liš·ḥā·qîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7834: A powder, a thin vapor, the firmament

to reflect the heat
חֲ֝זָקִ֗ים (ḥă·zā·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2389: Strong, stout, mighty

like a mirror
כִּרְאִ֥י (kir·’î)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7209: A mirror

of bronze?
מוּצָֽק׃ (mū·ṣāq)
Verb - Hofal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3332: To pour out, to melt, cast as metal, to place firmly, to stiffen, grow hard


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