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Job 36:22-37:12 Common English Bible (CEB)

22 Look, God is inaccessible due to his power;
    who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has repaid him for his action,
    and who would ever say, “You’ve done wrong”?
24 Remember to praise his work
    that all of us have seen.
25 Every person has seen him;
    people can observe at great distance.

God’s control of the storm

26 Look, God is exalted and unknowable;
    the number of his years is beyond counting.
27 He draws up drops of water
        that distill rain from his flood;
28     the clouds pour moisture
        and drip continually on humans.
29 Even if one perceives a spreading cloud
        and the thunder of his pavilion,[a]
30     look how he spreads lightning across it
        and covers the seabed;
31     for by water[b] he judges peoples
        and gives food in abundance.
32 He conceals lightning in his palms
    and orders it to its target.
33 His thunder announces it;
    even cattle proclaim its rising.

37 Oh, my mind is disturbed by this
    and is more troubled than usual.
Listen closely to the rumble of his voice,
    the roar issuing from his mouth.
He looses it under the whole sky,
    his lightning on earth’s edges.
After it, a voice roars;
    he thunders with a mighty voice,
    and no one can stop it
    when his voice is heard.
God roars with his wondrous voice;
    he does great things we can’t know.
He says to the snow, “Fall to earth,”
    and to the downpour of rain, “Be a mighty shower.”
He stamps the hand of every person
    so all can know his work.[c]
The wild beast enters its lair,
    lies down in its den.
The storm comes from its chamber,
    the cold from the north wind.
10 By God’s breath ice forms;
    water’s expanse becomes solid.
11 He also fills clouds with moisture;
    his lightning scatters clouds.
12 He overturns the circling clouds;[d]
    by his guidance they do[e] their work,
    doing everything he commands over the entire earth.


  1. Job 36:29 Or canopy
  2. Job 36:31 Or them
  3. Job 37:7 Or that everyone he has made can know it
  4. Job 37:12 Heb uncertain
  5. Job 37:12 Heb lacks they do.
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