1At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.2Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.3He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.4After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.5God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.6For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.7He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.8Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.9Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.10By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.11Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:12And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.13He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.14Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.15Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?16Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?17How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind ?18Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?19Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.20Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.21And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.22Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.23Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.24Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
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Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
1“At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place.2Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.3Under 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)4After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice, and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard. (Job 40:9; Ps 18:13; Ps 29:3; Ps 68:33)5God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. (Job 5:9; Job 36:26)6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. (Ps 147:16)7He 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)8Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. (Job 38:40; Ps 104:22)9From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. (Job 1:19; Job 9:9; Ps 147:17; Isa 21:1)10By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. (Job 36:16; Job 38:29; Ps 147:17)11He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.12They 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)13Whether 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)15Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?16Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge, (1Sa 2:3; Job 36:4)17you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?18Can 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)19Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness. (Isa 60:2; Eph 4:18)20Shall 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.22Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with awesome majesty. (Ps 104:1)23The 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)24Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (Ps 130:4; Isa 5:21; Mt 10:28; Mt 11:25; 1Co 1:26)