New American Standard Bible
"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?
King James Bible
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
Darby Bible Translation
But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the crashing of his pavilion?
World English Bible
Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of his pavilion?
Young's Literal Translation
Yea, doth any understand The spreadings out of a cloud? The noises of His tabernacle?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Also, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds? - The out spreading - the manner in which they expand themselves over us. The idea is, that the manner in which the clouds seem to "spread out," or unfold themselves on the sky, could not be explained, and was a striking proof of the wisdom and power of God. In the early periods of the world, it could not be expected that the causes of these phenomena would be known. Now that the causes "are" better known, however, they do not less indicate the wisdom and power of God, nor are these facts less fitted to excite our wonder. The simple and beautiful laws by which the clouds are suspended; by which they roll in the sky; by which they spread themselves out - as in a rising tempest, and by which they seem to unfold themselves over the heavens, should increase, rather than diminish, our conceptions of the wisdom and power of the Most High.
Or, the noise of his tabernacle - Referring, doubtless, to thunder. The clouds are represented as a tent or pavilion spread out for the dwelling of God (compare the notes at Isaiah 40:22), and the idea here is, that the noise made in a thunder-storm is in the unique dwelling of God. Herder well expresses it, "The fearful thunderings in his tent," compare Psalm 18:11 -
He made darkness his secret place,
His pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
The sense here is, who can understand and explain the cause of thunder? The object of Elihu in this is, to show how great and incomprehensible is God, and nature furnishes few more impressive illustrations of this than the crash of thunder.
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2 Samuel 22:12
"And He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.
"Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"
Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.
"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
"Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
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