Job 37
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1"At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.1“At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place.
2Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.2Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.3Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
4After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back.4After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice, and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
5God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.5God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
7So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.7He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it.
8The animals take cover; they remain in their dens.8Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens.
9The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds.9From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
10The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.10By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.11He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
12At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.12They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
13He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love.13Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.
14"Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders.14“Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?15Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?16Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
17You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,17you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?18Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror?
19"Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.19Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?20Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
21Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.21“And now no one looks on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty.22Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.23The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?"24Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
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