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Job 37:11

Context

37:11 He loads the clouds with moisture; 1 

he scatters his lightning through the clouds.

Job 37:18

Context

37:18 will you, with him, spread out 2  the clouds,

solid as a mirror of molten metal?

1 tn The word “moisture” is drawn from רִי (ri) as a contraction for רְוִי (rÿvi). Others emended the text to get “hail” (NAB) or “lightning,” or even “the Creator.” For these, see the various commentaries. There is no reason to change the reading of the MT when it makes perfectly good sense.

2 tn The verb means “to beat out; to flatten,” and the analogy in the next line will use molten metal. From this verb is derived the word for the “firmament” in Gen 1:6-8, that canopy-like pressure area separating water above and water below.



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