New American Standard Bible
"Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.
King James Bible
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
World English Bible
He sends it forth under the whole sky, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
Under the whole heavens He directeth it, And its light is over the skirts of the earth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He directeth it under the whole heaven - It is under the control of God, and he directs it where he pleases. It is not confined to one spot, but seems to be complaining from every part of the heavens.
And his lightning - Margin, as in Hebrew "light." There can be no doubt that the lightning is intended.
Unto the ends of the earth - Margin, as in Hebrew "wings." The word wings is given to the earth from the idea of its being spread out or expanded like the wings of a bird; compare Job 38:13; Ezekiel 7:2. The earth was spoken of as an expanse or plain that had corners or boundaries (see Isaiah 11:12, note; Isaiah 24:16, note; Isaiah 42:5, note), and the meaning here is, that God spread the lightning at pleasure over the whole of that vast expanse.
LibraryWhether those to whom Christ's Birth was Made Known were Suitably Chosen?
Objection 1: It would seem that those to whom Christ's birth was made known were not suitably chosen. For our Lord (Mat. 10:5) commanded His disciples, "Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles," so that He might be made known to the Jews before the Gentiles. Therefore it seems that much less should Christ's birth have been at once revealed to the Gentiles who "came from the east," as stated Mat. 2:1. Objection 2: Further, the revelation of Divine truth should be made especially to the friends of God, …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Knowledge of God
"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.
When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,
"After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.
"Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
"It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
"Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'?
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