Job 38:34

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?

Job 38:34 in Other Translations

KJV
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
ESV
34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
NLT
34 “Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain?
MSG
34 "Can you get the attention of the clouds, and commission a shower of rain?
CSB
34 Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?

Job 38:34 Meaning and Commentary

Job 38:34

Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of
waters may cover thee?
] Thy gardens, fields, and farms; canst thou, in a magisterial way, call to and demand of the clouds to let down rain in large quantities, sufficient to water them and make them fruitful? no, thou canst not: thou mayest cry and call as long as thou wilt, not a cloud will stir, nor a drop of water be let down; rain is to be had in a suppliant way, through the prayer of faith, as by Elijah, but not in a dictatorial authoritative way: the clouds and rain are only at the disposal of the Lord; ask of him, and he will give them; but they are not to be commanded, ( Zechariah 10:1 ) ; see ( Amos 5:8 ) .

Job 38:34 In-Context

32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasonsor lead out the Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?
34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who gives the ibis wisdomor gives the rooster understanding?

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Job 5:10; S Job 22:11; Job 36:27-28
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