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Job 36:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor of it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For he draweth up the drops of water: they distil in rain from the vapour which he formeth,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For he draweth up drops of water, They trickle as rain through his mist;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— When He doth diminish droppings of the waters, They refine rain according to its vapour,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He lifteth up the drops of rain, and poureth out showers like floods:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For hee maketh small the drops of water: they powre downe raine according to the vapour thereof:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the drops of rain are numbered by him, and shall be poured out in rain to form a cloud.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
he maketh small 1639
{1639} Prime
A primitive root; to scrape off; by implication to shave, remove, lessen or withhold.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
the drops 5198
{5198} Prime
From H5197; a drop; specifically, an aromatic gum (probably stacte).
of water: 4325
{4325} Prime
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen.
they pour down 2212
{2212} Prime
A primitive root; to strain, (figuratively) extract, clarify.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
rain 4306
{4306} Prime
From H4305; rain.
according to the vapour 108
{0108} Prime
From the same as H0181 (in the sense of enveloping); a fog.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 36:27-28

_ _ The marvelous formation of rain (so Job 5:9, Job 5:10).

_ _ maketh small — Rather, “He draweth (up) to Him, He attracts (from the earth below) the drops of water; they (the drops of water) pour down rain, (which is) His vapor.” “Vapor” is in apposition with “rain,” marking the way in which rain is formed; namely, from the vapor drawn up by God into the air and then condensed into drops, which fall (Psalms 147:8). The suspension of such a mass of water, and its descent not in a deluge, but in drops of vapory rain, are the marvel. The selection of this particular illustration of God’s greatness forms a fit prelude to the storm in which God appears (Job 40:1).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 36:24-33.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 36:27

For — Having affirmed that God's works are incomprehensibly great and glorious, he now proves it from the most common works of nature and providence. And hence he leaves it to Job to consider how much more deep and inconceivable the secret counsels of God must be. Water — He orders matters so wisely, that the waters which are in the clouds, do not fall down at once in spouts, which would be pernicious to the earth and to mankind; but by degrees, and in drops. According — According to the proportion of vapours which the heat of the sun hath drawn up by the earth or sea. So it notes that great work of God by which the rain is first made of vapours, and afterwards resolved into vapours, or into the matter of succeeding vapours, by a constant rotation.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 36:27

For he maketh small the drops of water: they (s) pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

(s) That is, the rain comes from those drops of water which he keeps in the clouds.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 5:9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
Job 38:25-28 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; ... Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Job 38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
Genesis 2:5-6 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground. ... But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
Psalms 65:9-13 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, [which] is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. ... The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
Jeremiah 14:22 Are there [any] among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? [art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these [things].

the vapour:

Job 36:33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
Psalms 148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
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Gn 2:5. Jb 5:9; 36:33; 38:25, 34. Ps 65:9; 148:8. Is 5:6. Jr 14:22.

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