He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
He made all the stars––the Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern sky.
He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha Centauri.
Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south:
who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
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1 sn The Hebrew has עָשׁ (’ash), although in 38:32 it is עַיִשׁ (’ayish). This has been suggested to be Aldebaran, a star in the constellation Taurus, but there have been many other suggestions put forward by the commentaries.
2 sn There is more certainty for the understanding of this word as Orion, even though there is some overlap of the usage of the words in the Bible. In classical literature we have the same stereotypical reference to these three (see E. Dhorme, Job, 131).
3 sn The identification of this as the Pleiades is accepted by most (the Vulgate has “Hyades”). In classical Greek mythology, the seven Pleiades were seven sisters of the Hyades who were pursued by Orion until they were changed into stars by Zeus. The Greek myth is probably derived from an older Semitic myth.
4 tn Heb “and the chambers of the south.”