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Job 38:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— To bring rain on a land without people, [On] a desert without a man in it,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is]; [on] the wilderness in which [there is] no man;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— To cause it to rain on the earth, where no one is; on the wilderness wherein there is not a man;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To give rain over the no-man's land, the desert, where no son of earth is;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To cause [it] to rain on a land—no man, A wilderness—no man in it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That it should rain on the earth without man in the wilderness, where no mortal dwelleth:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— To cause it to raine on the earth, [where] no man is: [on] the wildernesse wherein there is no man?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— to rain upon the land where [there is] no man, the wilderness, where there is not a man in it; so as to feed the untrodden and uninhabited [land],
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
To cause it to rain 4305
{4305} Prime
מטר
matar
{maw-tar'}
A primitive root; to rain.
z8687
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
on x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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 earth, 776
{0776} Prime
אֶרֶץ
'erets
{eh'-rets}
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
[where] no x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
[is; on] the wilderness, 4057
{4057} Prime
מִדְבָּר
midbar
{mid-bawr'}
From H1696 in the sense of driving; a pasture (that is, open field, whither cattle are driven); by implication a desert; also speech (including its organs).
wherein [there is] no x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
man; 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Job 38:19-38.


Job 38:26

_ _ Since rain fails also on places uninhabited by man, it cannot be that man guides its course. Such rain, though man cannot explain the reason for it, is not lost. God has some wise design in it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 38:25-41.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 38:26

To cause — That the clouds being broken by lightning and thunder might pour down rain. No man — To water those parts by art and industry, as is usual in cultivated places.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
To cause:
It is well known that rain falls copiously in thunder storms. The flash is first seen, the clap is next heard, and last the rain descends; though in fact they all take place at the same time. The lightning traverses all space in no perceivable succession of time. Sound is propagated at the rate of 1,142 feet in a second. Rain travels still more slowly, and will be seen sooner or later according to the weight of the drops, and the distance of the cloud. Now as water is composed of two elastic airs or gases, called oxygen and hydrogen, in the proportion of 88+ of the former and 11, 3/4 of the latter in 100 parts, the electric spark, or matter of lightning, passing through the atmosphere, ignites and decomposes those gases, which explode; and the water falls down in the form of rain. This explosion, as well as the rushing in of the circumambient air to restore the equilibrium, will account for the clap and peal; and thus by the lightning of thunder God causes it to rain on the earth.

on the wilderness:

Psalms 104:10-14 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, [which] run among the hills. ... He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
Psalms 107:35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
Psalms 147:8-9 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. ... He giveth to the beast his food, [and] to the young ravens which cry.
Isaiah 35:1-2 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. ... It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, [and] the excellency of our God.
Isaiah 41:18-19 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. ... I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, [and] the pine, and the box tree together:
Isaiah 43:19-20 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. ... The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
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].
Hebrews 6:7-8 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: ... But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
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Ps 104:10; 107:35; 147:8. Is 35:1; 41:18; 43:19. Jr 14:22. He 6:7.

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