31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

Other Translations of Job 36:31

New International Version

31 This is the way he governsOr "nourishes" the nations and provides food in abundance.

English Standard Version

31 For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.

The Message

31 These are the symbols of his sovereignty, his generosity, his loving care.

New King James Version

31 For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance.

New Living Translation

31 By these mighty acts he nourishes the people, giving them food in abundance.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 36:31

Commentary on Job 36:24-33

(Read Job 36:24-33)

Elihu endeavours to fill Job with high thought of God, and so to persuade him into cheerful submission to his providence. Man may see God's works, and is capable of discerning his hand in them, which the beasts are not, therefore they ought to give him the glory. But while the worker of iniquity ought to tremble, the true believer should rejoice. Children should hear with pleasure their Father's voice, even when he speaks in terror to his enemies. There is no light but there may be a cloud to intercept it. The light of the favour of God, the light of his countenance, the most blessed light of all, even that light has many a cloud. The clouds of our sins cause the Lord to his face, and hinder the light of his loving-kindness from shining on our souls.