Job 38:25
New International Version
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

New Living Translation
“Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the lightning?

English Standard Version
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,

Berean Study Bible
Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt,

King James Bible
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

New King James Version
“Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt,

New American Standard Bible
“Who has split open a channel for the flood, And a way for the thunderbolt,

NASB 1995
"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,

NASB 1977
“Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt;

Amplified Bible
“Who has prepared a channel for the torrents of rain and for the flood, Or a path for the thunderbolt,

Christian Standard Bible
Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning,

American Standard Version
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And who prepared a course for the violent rain, and a way for the thunders;

Contemporary English Version
Who carves out a path for thunderstorms? Who sends torrents of rain

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who gave a course to violent showers, or a way for noisy thunder :

English Revised Version
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Good News Translation
Who dug a channel for the pouring rain and cleared the way for the thunderstorm?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who made a channel for the flooding rains and a path for the thunderstorms

International Standard Version
"Who cuts canals for storm floods, and paths for the lightning and thunder,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Literal Standard Version
Who has divided a conduit for the flood? And a way for the lightning of the voices?

NET Bible
Who carves out a channel for the heavy rains, and a path for the rumble of thunder,

New Heart English Bible
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;

World English Bible
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath divided for the flood a conduit? And a way for the lightning of the voices?

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
24In which direction is the lightning dispersed, or the east wind scattered over the earth? 25Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt, 26to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives,…

Cross References
Job 28:26
when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt,

Job 38:24
In which direction is the lightning dispersed, or the east wind scattered over the earth?

Job 38:26
to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives,

Psalm 135:7
He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He generates the lightning with the rain and brings forth the wind from His storehouses.


Treasury of Scripture

Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

Job 28:26
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Job 36:27,28
For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: …

Job 37:3-6
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth…









(25) Who hath divided a watercourse.--Rather, cleft a channel for the water-flood.

Verse 25. - Who hath divided a water-course for the overflowing of waters? rather, as in the Revised Version, Who hath cleft a channel for the water-flood? i.e. Who has furrowed and seamed the ground (in Western Asia) with deep gullies, or "water-courses," for the rapid carrying off of the violent rains to which those regions are subject? The wadies of Syria and Arabia seem to be alluded to. They too are God's work, not Job's. Or a way for the lightning of thunder? The "way" for the passage of the electric current is not marked out beforehand, like the way for the escape of the superfluous waters; but it is equally determined on and arranged previously by God, who has laid down the laws which it is bound to follow.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

cuts
פִלַּ֣ג (p̄il·laḡ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6385: To split, divide

a channel
תְּעָלָ֑ה (tə·‘ā·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8585: A channel, a bandage, plaster

for the flood
לַשֶּׁ֣טֶף (laš·še·ṭep̄)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7858: Flood -- a deluge

or clears a path
וְ֝דֶ֗רֶךְ (wə·ḏe·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

for
לַחֲזִ֥יז (la·ḥă·zîz)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2385: A thunderbolt, lightning flash

the thunderbolt,
קֹלֽוֹת׃ (qō·lō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound


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