Job 37

English Standard Version

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. (Job 36:30; Job 36:32; Job 38:13; Isa 11:12; Eze 7:2) 4 After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice, and he does not restrain the lightnings[1] when his voice is heard. (Job 40:9; Ps 18:13; Ps 29:3; Ps 68:33) 5 God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. (Job 5:9; Job 36:26) 6 For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. (Ps 147:16) 7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it. (Job 14:17; Ps 109:27; Da 12:9) 8 Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. (Job 38:40; Ps 104:22) 9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. (Job 1:19; Job 9:9; Ps 147:17; Isa 21:1) 10 By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. (Job 36:16; Job 38:29; Ps 147:17) 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. (Ge 3:24; Ps 148:8; Pr 8:31) 13 Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen. (Ex 9:18; Ex 9:23; 1Sa 12:18; 1Ki 18:45; Ezr 10:9; Job 36:31; Job 38:22; Job 38:26) 14 “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. (Ps 111:2) 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[2] of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge, (1Sa 2:3; Job 36:4) 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? (Ge 1:6; Ex 38:8; Isa 42:5; Isa 44:24) 19 Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness. (Isa 60:2; Eph 4:18) 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. (Ps 104:1) 23 The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate. (Job 36:5; Ps 99:4; La 3:33; 1Ti 6:16) 24 Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”[3] (Ps 130:4; Isa 5:21; Mt 10:28; Mt 11:25; 1Co 1:26)