New International Version
He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He holdeth back the face of his throne - Though all these are most elegant effects of an omniscient and almighty power, yet the great Agent is not personally discoverable; he dwelleth in light unapproachable, and in mercy hides himself from the view of his creatures. The words, however may refer to those obscurations of the face of heaven, and the hiding of the body of the sun, when the atmosphere is laden with dense vapours, and the rain begins to be poured down on the earth.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
ON the revival of science in the 16th century, some of the earliest conclusions at which philosophers arrived were found to be at variance with popular and long-established belief. The Ptolemaic system of astronomy, which had then full possession of the minds of men, contemplated the whole visible universe from the earth as the immovable centre of things. Copernicus changed the point of view, and placing the beholder in the sun, at once reduced the earth to an inconspicuous globule, a merely subordinate …
Frederick Temple—Essays and Reviews: The Education of the World
Whether the virtues of Heaven Will be Moved when Our Lord Shall Come?
Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.'
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.
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