Psalm 147:8
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New International Version
He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.

King James Bible
Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

Darby Bible Translation
Who covereth the heavens with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains;

World English Bible
who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is covering the heavens with clouds, Who is preparing for the earth rain, Who is causing grass to spring up on mountains,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who covereth the heaven with clouds - Collects the vapours together, in order to cause it to rain upon the earth. Even the direction of the winds, the collection of the clouds, and the descent of the rain, are under the especial management of God. These things form a part of his providential management of the world.

Maketh grass to grow upon the mountains - After this clause the Vulgate, the Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Anglo-Saxon, add, and herb for the service of man. It appears that a hemistich, or half-line, has been lost from the Hebrew text; which, according to the above Versions, must have stood thus: ועשב לעבדת האדם veeseb laabodath haadam, as in Psalm 104:14 : "And herbage for the service of mankind."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 135:1 Praise you the LORD. Praise you the name of the LORD; praise him, O you servants of the LORD.

Genesis 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

1 Kings 18:44,45 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there rises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand...

Job 26:8,9 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them...

Job 36:27-33 For he makes small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof...

Job 38:24-27 By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind on the earth...

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns...


Psalm 65:9-13 You visit the earth, and water it: you greatly enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water: you prepare them corn...

Psalm 104:13,14 He waters the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your works...

Job 5:10 Who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields:

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God?...

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately...

Amos 5:7,8 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth...

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good...

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons...

James 5:17,18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain...

Healing for the Wounded
We will not delay you by a preface, but will come at once to the two thoughts: first, here is a great ill--a broken heart; and secondly, a great mercy--"he healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Man is a double being: he is composed of body and soul, and each of the portions of man may receive injury and hurt. The wounds of the body are extremely painful, and if they amount to a breaking of the frame the torture is singularly exquisite. Yet God has in his mercy provided means
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Anxious About Earth, or Earnest About the Kingdom
'And He said unto His disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25. And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26. If ye then be not able to do that thing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

Concerning Peaceableness
Blessed are the peacemakers. Matthew 5:9 This is the seventh step of the golden ladder which leads to blessedness. The name of peace is sweet, and the work of peace is a blessed work. Blessed are the peacemakers'. Observe the connection. The Scripture links these two together, pureness of heart and peaceableness of spirit. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable' (James 3:17). Follow peace and holiness' (Hebrews 12:14). And here Christ joins them together pure in heart, and peacemakers',
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Letter xvi to Rainald, Abbot of Foigny
To Rainald, Abbot of Foigny Bernard declares to him how little he loves praise; that the yoke of Christ is light; that he declines the name of father, and is content with that of brother. 1. In the first place, do not wonder if titles of honour affright me, when I feel myself so unworthy of the honours themselves; and if it is fitting that you should give them to me, it is not expedient for me to accept them. For if you think that you ought to observe that saying, In honour preferring one another
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Job 5:10
He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.

Job 26:8
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

Job 36:27
"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;

Job 38:26
to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,

Job 38:27
to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?

Job 38:28
Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

Psalm 65:9
You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.

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