Job 38:24

“By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

By what way is the light parted? which scattereth the East wind vpon the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Where is the way that the light is divided, {Or} the east wind scattered on the earth?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

By what way is the light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Which is the way to the place where the wind is measured out, and the east wind sent out over the earth?
- Basic English Bible

By what way is the light parted, [and] the east wind scattered upon the earth?
- Darby Bible

By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
- Webster's Bible

By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?
- World English Bible

Where [is] this, the way light is apportioned? It scattereth an east wind over the earth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

By what way is the light parted, or the east wind scattered upon the earth?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 38:24


38:24 Distributed - In the air, and upon the face of the earth. This is variously distributed in the world, shining in one place and time, when it doth not shine in another, or for a longer time, or with greater brightness and power than it doth in another. All which are the effects of God's infinite wisdom and power, and such as were out of Job's reach to understand. Which - Which light scattereth, raises the east - wind, and causes it to blow hither and thither upon the earth? For as the sun is called by the poets, the father of the winds, because he draws up those exhalations which give matter to the winds, so in particular the east - wind is often observed to rise together with the sun.


Discussion for Job 38:24

  • John Welch for verse 24
    Amazing, it proves that the Sun controls the jet stream, hence the winds!!!
  • Timatheous for verse 24
    Read in to it what you will - it's still gibberish. Whatever the bible says, there's always a string of people queuing up to translate it to mean what they want it to mean. Just read between the lines - don't take any notice of what it actually says!
  • Odette boily for verse 24
    In Job 38:24 we read: ‘’By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?’’


    When this was first written nobody ever dreamed of the spectroscope, for it was not invented until 1859. The modern astronomer now breaks up a ray of light from some distant star into bands of color like a rainbow and by these color band read the secret of the skies. In its simplest form, the spectroscope consists of two small telescopes with a glass prism mounted between their object glasses.


    When a beam of light enters through a narrow slit in the first telescope, its rays are rendered parallel by the object glasses. The parallel rays then pass through the prism, where they are bent or refracted at different angles, and pass out of the prism at different angles, spreading out the colors into a spectrum as the observer sees them through the second telescope. This is what the raindrops in the air do to the sunlight to give us the magnificent rainbow spectrum arching the sky. So it is by the spectroscope, like a pair of giant spectacles, that astronomers read the secret of the skies. The Bible was right all the time- light is parted.

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