Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty

37 “At this also my heart trembles
    and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
    and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
    and his (A)lightning to the (B)corners of the earth.
After it (C)his voice roars;
    (D)he thunders with his majestic voice,
    and he does not restrain the lightnings[a] when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does (E)great things that we cannot (F)comprehend.
For to (G)the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He (H)seals up the hand of every man,
    that all men whom he made may (I)know it.
Then the beasts go into their (J)lairs,
    and remain in their (K)dens.
From (L)its chamber (M)comes the whirlwind,
    and (N)cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God (O)ice is given,
    and (P)the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
    the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They (Q)turn around and around by his (R)guidance,
    (S)to accomplish all that he commands them
    on the face of (T)the habitable world.
13 Whether for (U)correction or for his (V)land
    or for (W)love, he causes it to happen.

14 “Hear this, O Job;
    stop and (X)consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them
    and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings[b] of the clouds,
    the wondrous works of him who is (Y)perfect in knowledge,
17 you whose garments are hot
    when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, (Z)spread out the skies,
    hard as a cast metal (AA)mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
    we cannot draw up our case because of (AB)darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I would speak?
    Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

21 “And now no one looks on the light
    when it is bright in the skies,
    when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
    God is clothed with (AC)awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty—we (AD)cannot find him;
    he is (AE)great in power;
    (AF)justice and abundant righteousness he will not (AG)violate.
24 Therefore men (AH)fear him;
    he does not regard any who are (AI)wise in their own conceit.”[c]

Footnotes

  1. Job 37:4 Hebrew them
  2. Job 37:16 Or hoverings
  3. Job 37:24 Hebrew in heart

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