9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

Other Translations of Job 26:9

New International Version

9 He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.

English Standard Version

9 He covers the face of the full moonOr his throne and spreads over it his cloud.

The Message

9 He makes the moon wax and wane, putting it through its phases.

New King James Version

9 He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it.

New Living Translation

9 He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 26:9

Commentary on Job 26:5-14

(Read Job 26:5-14)

Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Psalm 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.