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Job 37:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Dost thou know about the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him that is perfect in knowledge?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Canst thou get to know concerning the poisings of the thick cloud, the wonders of one who is perfect in knowledge?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Dost thou know the balancings of a cloud? The wonders of the Perfect in knowledge?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Knowest thou the great paths of the clouds, and the perfect knowledges?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doest thou know the ballancings of the clouds, the wondrous workes of him which is perfect in knowledge?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And he knows the divisions of the clouds, and the signal overthrows of the ungodly.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Dost thou know 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the balancings 4657
{4657} Prime
From an unused root meaning to balance; a poising.
of the clouds, 5645
{5645} Prime
Masculine and feminine; from H5743; properly an envelope, that is, darkness (or density, 2 Chronicles 4:17); specifically a (scud) cloud; also a copse.
the wondrous works 4652
{4652} Prime
From H6381; a miracle.
of him which is perfect 8549
{8549} Prime
From H8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.
in knowledge? 1843
{1843} Prime
From H3045; knowledge.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 37:16

_ _ Hebrew,Hast thou understanding of the balancings,” etc., how the clouds are poised in the air, so that their watery gravity does not bring them to the earth? The condensed moisture, descending by gravity, meets a warmer temperature, which dissipates it into vapor (the tendency of which is to ascend) and so counteracts the descending force.

_ _ perfect in knowledge — God; not here in the sense that Elihu uses it of himself (Job 36:4).

_ _ dost thou know — how, etc.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 37:14-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 37:16

Balancings — How God doth as it were weigh the clouds in balances, so that although they are full of water, yet they are kept up by the thin air.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 37:16

Dost thou know the (m) balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

(m) Which is sometimes changed into rain, or snow, hail or such like.

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the balancings:

Job 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
Job 36:29 Also can [any] understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of his tabernacle?
Psalms 104:2-3 Who coverest [thyself] with light as [with] a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: ... Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Isaiah 40:22 [It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.


Job 36:4 For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.
Psalms 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Psalms 147:5 Great [is] our Lord, and of great power: his understanding [is] infinite.
Proverbs 3:19-20 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. ... By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
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Jb 26:8; 36:4, 29. Ps 104:2, 24; 147:5. Pv 3:19. Is 40:22. Jr 10:12, 13.

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