Job 37
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Elihu Concludes His Argument

1“Now I’ll conclude with this:

my heart is trembling violently;

it feels like it’s about to leap from my body!

2Listen carefully to his thundering voice;

to the sound that rumbles from his mouth.

3He releases his lightning throughout the sky,

to the endsa of the earth.

4His thunder roars after it;

his majestic voice will thunder;

and no one can trace themb

once his voice has been heard.

5“God thunders with his wondrous voice;

he does awesome works that we don’t comprehend.

6For he says to the snow, ‘Fall to the earth.’

He tells the rain, ‘Pour down,’

then it rains profusely.

7“He puts a limit to the skillc of every person;

to delineate all people from what they do.

8“Then a beast enters its lair

and remains in its den.

9“From the south,d a whirlwind proceeds,

out of the icy north winds.

10From the breath of God ice is produced,

and a wide body of water is frozen.

11He also loads the clouds with moisture,

scattering his lightning with the clouds.

12It whirls about in circles at his direction

to accomplish all that he commands

throughout the surface of the entire world,

13whether for discipline on his land

or to demonstrate his gracious love,

he causes it to be realized.”

Elihu Challenges Job to Pay Attention

14“Pay attention to this, Job!

Stand still,

and consider the wondrous attributes of God.

15Do you know how God ordains them,

and makes his lightning to flash throughout his clouds?

16Do you understand his wondrous work of balancing the clouds,

the onee whose knowledge is perfect,

17you whose garments are hot,

even though the land is cooled by a south wind?

18Can you spread out the skies like he does;

can you cast them as one might a mirror?

19Tell us! What are we to say to him?

Can we prepare our case to face him

when our faces are in darkness?

20Has it been relayed to Godf that I want to talk?

Can a persong speak when he is confused?”

God is Revered

21“So then, the sunh is too bright to gaze at, is it not?

The sky is swept clean by the wind that blows,i is it not?

22From the north he brings gold;

around God is awesome splendor.

23We cannot find the Almighty—

he is majestic in power and justice,

and overflowing with righteousness;

he never oppresses.

24Therefore humanity fears him,

which none of the wisej can quite comprehend.”

a 37:3 Lit. wingtips
b 37:4 Lit. follow at the heel of their feet
c 37:7 Lit. a seal on the hand
d 37:9 Or From a storeroom
e 37:16 The Heb. lacks the one
f 37:20 Lit. him
g 37:20 Lit. man
h 37:21 Or light
i 37:21 Lit. that passes through
j 37:24 Lit. wise of heart

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