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Job 37

Job 37

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

[1] “At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
[2] Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
[3] Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
[4] After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
[5] God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
[6] For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
[7] He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
[8] Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
[9] From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
[10] By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
[11] He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
[12] They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
[13] Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.

[14] “Hear this, O Job;
stop and 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 of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
[17] you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
[18] Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
[19] Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of 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 awesome majesty.
[23] The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
[24] Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (ESV)