Job 38:37
New International Version
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

New Living Translation
Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven

English Standard Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,

Berean Study Bible
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of the heavens

King James Bible
Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

New King James Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

New American Standard Bible
“Who can count the clouds by wisdom, And pour out the water jars of the heavens,

NASB 1995
"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

NASB 1977
“Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

Amplified Bible
“Who can count the clouds by [earthly] wisdom, Or pour out the water jars of the heavens,

Christian Standard Bible
Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven

American Standard Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who numbered the clouds in his wisdom, and who established the pillars of Heaven?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And who is he that numbers the clouds in wisdom, and has bowed the heaven down to the earth?

Contemporary English Version
Can you count the clouds or pour out their water

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who can declare the order of the heavens, or who can make the harmony of heaven to sleep?

English Revised Version
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Good News Translation
Who is wise enough to count the clouds and tilt them over to pour out the rain,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is wise enough to count the clouds or pour out the water jars of heaven

International Standard Version
Who has the wisdom to be able to count the clouds, or to empty the water jars of heaven,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

Literal Standard Version
Who numbers the clouds by wisdom? And the bottles of the heavens, "" Who causes to lie down,

NET Bible
Who by wisdom can count the clouds, and who can tip over the water jars of heaven,

New Heart English Bible
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

World English Bible
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth number the clouds by wisdom? And the bottles of the heavens, Who doth cause to lie down,

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Challenges Job
36Who has put wisdom in the heart or given understanding to the mind? 37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of the heavens 38when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods of earth stick together?…

Cross References
Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and prospered?

Job 38:34
Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?

Job 38:38
when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods of earth stick together?


Treasury of Scripture

Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

number

Genesis 15:5
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Psalm 147:4
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

or who

Genesis 8:1
And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

Genesis 9:15
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

stay.









(37) Who can stay the bottles of heaven?--This is understood in two opposite senses--of pouring out the bottles or of laying them up in store. It is not easy to decide which is most in accordance with the context, for the context also is somewhat uncertain, according as we interpret the solid mass of thick mud or of hard, dry soil. The survey of physical phenomena ends with this verse.

Verse 37. - Who can number the clouds in wisdom? i.e. Who is wise enough to number the clouds, and say how many they are? Or who can stay the bottles of heaven! rather, Who can pour out? (see the Revised Version). The "bottles," or "water-skins," of heaven are the dense clouds heavy with rain, which alternately hold the moisture like a reservoir, and pour it out upon the earth. God alone can determine when the rain shall fall.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

has the wisdom
בְּחָכְמָ֑ה (bə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom

to count
יְסַפֵּ֣ר (yə·sap·pêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5608: To count, recount, relate

the clouds?
שְׁחָקִ֣ים (šə·ḥā·qîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7834: A powder, a thin vapor, the firmament

Or who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can tilt
יַשְׁכִּֽיב׃ (yaš·kîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down

the water jars
וְנִבְלֵ֥י (wə·niḇ·lê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5035: A skin-bag for, liquids, a vase, a lyre

of the heavens
שָׁ֝מַ֗יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky


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