36. The cloud is not rent –
Job 26:8 “He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.” The word for cloud describes an envelope that contains water. It is reasonable to ask why it does not rend and drop what it contains.
Take a cumulus cloud with a volume of about one cubic kilometer found about two kilometer above the ground. It is a cube one kilometer on each side. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide some estimates of air and cloud density and weight. In the final calculations, the one cubic kilometer cumulus cloud weighs one point zero, zero three billion kilograms. However, the air also has mass, so the cloud floats because the weight of the same volume of dry air is about one point zero, zero seven billion kilograms. So, it is the lesser density of the cloud that allows it to float on the dryer and more-dense air.
Certain conditions must occur for the vapor to condense and fall as rain. It is a finely balanced process. You are at liberty to ask how Job knows about it, and the answer is God told him, how else would he know, by scientific measurement?