JOB 38:37



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“Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,”

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Job 38:37 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Who מִֽי Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix Who
can number יְסַפֵּ֣ר Properly, to score with a mark as a tally or record, i.e., (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively, to recount, i.e., celebrate can number
the clouds שְׁחָקִ֣ים A powder (as beaten small); by analogy, a thin vapor; by extension, the firmament clouds
in wisdom? בְּחָכְמָ֑ה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
or who מִ֣י Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix or who
can stay יַשְׁכִּֽיב׃ To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) can stay
the bottles וְנִבְלֵ֥י A skin-bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full) bottles
of heaven, שָׁ֝מַ֗יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven

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  • 35  Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

  • 36  Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

  • 37  Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

  • 38  When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

  • 39  Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,


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