New American Standard Bible
"He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it.
King James Bible
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
Darby Bible Translation
He covereth the face of his throne, he spreadeth his cloud upon it.
World English Bible
He encloses the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.
Young's Literal Translation
Taking hold of the face of the throne, Spreading over it His cloud.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He holdeth back the face of his throne - That is, he does not exhibit it - he covers it with clouds. The idea seems to be, that God sometimes comes forth and manifests himself to mankind, but that he comes encompassed with clouds, so that his throne cannot be seen. So in Psalm 18:11, "He made darkness his secret place, his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies." God is often represented as encompassed with clouds, or as accompanied with tempests.
And spreadeth his cloud upon it - That is, so that it cannot be seen. There is much poetic beauty in this image. It is, that the clouds are made to conceal the splendor of the throne of God from the sight of man, and that all their sublimity and grandeur, as they roll on one another, and all their beauty when painted with so many colors in the evening, are designed to hide that throne from mortal eyes. No one sees God; and though it is manifest that he is every where employed, and that he comes forth with amazing grandeur in the works of creation and providence, yet he is himself invisible.
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Whether Fear Remains in Heaven We proceed to the eleventh article thus: 1. It seems that fear does not remain in heaven. For it is said in Prov. 1:33: " . . . shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil," and this is to be understood as referring to those who already enjoy wisdom in eternal blessedness. Now all fear is fear of evil, since evil is the object of fear, as was said in Arts. 2 and 5, and in 12ae, Q. 42, Art. 1. There will therefore be no fear in heaven. 2. Again, in heaven …
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'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to illumine by night.
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