New American Standard Bible
"For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,
King James Bible
For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
Darby Bible Translation
For he draweth up the drops of water: they distil in rain from the vapour which he formeth,
World English Bible
For he draws up the drops of water, which distill in rain from his vapor,
Young's Literal Translation
When He doth diminish droppings of the waters, They refine rain according to its vapour,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he maketh small the drops of water - Elihu now appeals, as he proposed to do, to the works of God, and begins with what appeared so remarkable and inexplicable, the wisdom of God in the rain and the dew, the tempest and the vapor. That which excited his wonder was, the fact in regard to the suspension of water in the clouds, and the distilling of it on the earth in the form of rain and dew. This very illustration had been used by Eliphaz for a similar purpose (Notes, Job 5:9-10), and whether we regard it as it "appears" to people without the light which science has thrown upon it, or look at the manner in which God suspends water in the clouds and sends it down in the form of rain and dew, with all the light which has been furnished by science, the fact is one that evinces in an eminent degree the wisdom of God. The word which is rendered "maketh small" (גרע gâra‛), means properly "to scrape off, to detract, to diminish, to take away from." In the Piel, the form used here, it means, according to Gesenius, "to take to one's self, to attract;" and the sense here, according to this, is, that God attracts, or draws upward the drops of water. So it is rendered by Herder, Noyes, Umbreit, and Rosenmuller. The idea is, that he "draws up" the drops of the water to the clouds, and then pours them down in rain. If the meaning in our common version be retained, the idea would be, that it was proof of great wisdom in God that the water descended in "small drops," instead of coming down in a deluge; compare the notes at Job 26:8.
They pour down rain - That is, the clouds pour down the rain.
According to the vapour thereof - - לאדו le'êdô. The idea seems to be, that the water thus drawn up is poured down again in the form of a "vapory rain," and which does not descend in torrents. The subject of admiration in the mind of Elihu was, that water should evaporate and ascend to the clouds, and be held there, and then descend again in the form of a gentle rain or fine mist. The reason for admiration is not lessened by becoming more fully acquainted with the laws by which it is done than Elihu can be supposed to have been.
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"He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,
"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.
Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
"For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' And to the downpour and the rain, 'Be strong.'
"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,
"Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
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