37 1INDEED, [at His thunderings] my heart also trembles and leaps out of its place. 2Hear, oh, hear the roar of His voice and the sound of rumbling that goes out of His mouth! 3Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. 4After it His voice roars; He thunders with the voice of His majesty, and He restrains not [His lightnings against His adversaries] when His voice is heard. 5God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. 6For He says to the snow, Fall on the earth; likewise He speaks to the showers and to the downpour of His mighty rains. 7God seals up (stops, brings to a standstill by severe weather) the hand of every man [and now under His seal their hands are forced to inactivity], that all men whom He has made may know His doings (His sovereign power and their subjection to it). 8Then the beasts go into dens and remain in their lairs. 9Out of its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10By the breath of God ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen over. 11He loads the thick cloud with moisture; He scatters the cloud of His lightning. 12And it is turned round about by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them upon the face of the habitable earth. 13Whether it be for correction or for His earth [generally] or for His mercy and loving-kindness, He causes it to come. 14Hear this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. 15Do you know how God lays His command upon them and causes the lightning of His [storm] cloud to shine? 16Do you know how the clouds are balanced [and poised in the heavens], the wonderful works of Him Who is perfect in knowledge? 17[Or] why your garments are hot when He quiets the earth [in sultry summer] with the [oppressive] south wind? 18Can you along with Him spread out the sky, [which is] strong as a molten mirror? 19Tell us [Job] with what words of man we may address such a Being; we cannot state our case because we are in the dark [in the presence of the unsearchable God]. 20So shall it be told Him that I wish to speak? If a man speaks, shall he be swallowed up? 21And now men cannot look upon the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them. 22Golden brightness and splendor come out of the north; [if men can scarcely look upon it, how much less upon the] terrible splendor and majesty God has upon Himself! 23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out; He is excellent in power; and to justice and plenteous righteousness He does no violence [He will disregard no right]. 24Men therefore [reverently] fear Him; He regards and respects not any who are wise in heart [in their own understanding and conceit].
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