Bible: Job 37:1-24
37:1 At this also my heart pounds
and leaps from its place.
37:2 Listen carefully 1 to the thunder of his voice,
to the rumbling 2 that proceeds from his mouth.
37:3 Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
even his lightning to the far corners 3 of the earth.
37:4 After that a voice roars;
he thunders with an exalted voice,
and he does not hold back his lightning bolts 4
when his voice is heard.
37:5 God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; 5
he does great things beyond our understanding. 6
37:6 For to the snow he says, ‘Fall 7 to earth,’
37:7 He causes everyone to stop working, 10
37:8 The wild animals go to their lairs,
and in their dens they remain.
37:9 A tempest blows out from its chamber,
icy cold from the driving winds. 13
37:10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the breadth of the waters freeze solid.
37:11 He loads the clouds with moisture; 14
he scatters his lightning through the clouds.
37:12 The clouds 15 go round in circles,
wheeling about according to his plans,
to carry out 16 all that he commands them
over the face of the whole inhabited world.
37:13 Whether it is for punishment 17 for his land,
or whether it is for mercy,
he causes it to find its mark. 18
37:14 “Pay attention to this, Job!
Stand still and consider the wonders God works.
37:15 Do you know how God commands them, 19
how he makes lightning flash in his storm cloud? 20
37:16 Do you know about the balancing 21 of the clouds,
that wondrous activity of him who is perfect in knowledge?
37:17 You, whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind,
37:18 will you, with him, spread out 22 the clouds,
solid as a mirror of molten metal?
37:19 Tell us what we should 23 say to him.
We cannot prepare a case 24
because of the darkness.
37:20 Should he be informed that I want 25 to speak?
If a man speaks, surely he would be swallowed up!
it is bright in the skies –
after a wind passed and swept the clouds away. 28
37:22 From the north he comes in golden splendor; 29
around God is awesome majesty.
37:23 As for the Almighty, 30 we cannot attain to him!
He is great in power,
but justice 31 and abundant righteousness he does not oppress.
37:24 Therefore people fear him,
for he does not regard all the wise in heart.” 32