31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, [1] or loose the bands of Orion?

Other Translations of Job 38:31

New International Version

31 "Can you bind the chainsSeptuagint; Hebrew "beauty" of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion's belt?

English Standard Version

31 "Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?

The Message

31 "Can you catch the eye of the beautiful Pleiades sisters, or distract Orion from his hunt?

New King James Version

31 "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?

New Living Translation

31 "Can you direct the movement of the stars- binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 38:31

Commentary on Job 38:25-41

(Read Job 38:25-41)

Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.