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Job 37Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

37 Indeed, [at His thunderings] my heart also trembles and leaps out of its place.

Hear, oh, hear the roar of His voice and the sound of rumbling that goes out of His mouth!

Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth.

After 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.

God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.

For He says to the snow, Fall on the earth; likewise He speaks to the showers and to the downpour of His mighty rains.

God 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).

Then the beasts go into dens and remain in their lairs.

Out of its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.

10 By the breath of God ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen over.

11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture; He scatters the cloud of His lightning.

12 And it is turned round about by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them upon the face of the habitable earth.

13 Whether it be for correction or for His earth [generally] or for His mercy and loving-kindness, He causes it to come.

14 Hear this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

15 Do you know how God lays His command upon them and causes the lightning of His [storm] cloud to shine?

16 Do 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?

18 Can you along with Him spread out the sky, [which is] strong as a molten mirror?

19 Tell 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].

20 So shall it be told Him that I wish to speak? If a man speaks, shall he be swallowed up?

21 And now men cannot look upon the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.

22 Golden 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!

23 Touching 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].

24 Men 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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Job 37New International Version (NIV)

37 “At this my heart pounds
    and leaps from its place.
Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
    to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
    and sends it to the ends of the earth.
After that comes the sound of his roar;
    he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
    he holds nothing back.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
So that everyone he has made may know his work,
    he stops all people from their labor.[a]
The animals take cover;
    they remain in their dens.
The tempest comes out from its chamber,
    the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
    and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
    he scatters his lightning through them.
12 At his direction they swirl around
    over the face of the whole earth
    to do whatever he commands them.
13 He brings the clouds to punish people,
    or to water his earth and show his love.

14 “Listen to this, Job;
    stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
    and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
    those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?
17 You who swelter in your clothes
    when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
    hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

19 “Tell us what we should say to him;
    we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
    Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
21 Now no one can look at the sun,
    bright as it is in the skies
    after the wind has swept them clean.
22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;
    God comes in awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
    in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 Therefore, people revere him,
    for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Job 37:7 Or work, / he fills all people with fear by his power
  2. Job 37:24 Or for he does not have regard for any who think they are wise.
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