37 I am frightened and tremble all over, 2 when I hear the roaring voice of God in the thunder, 3 and when I see his lightning flash across the sky. 4 God’s majestic voice thunders his commands,[a] 5 creating miracles too marvelous for us to understand. 6 Snow and heavy rainstorms 7 make us stop and think about God’s power, 8 and they force animals to seek shelter. 9 The windstorms of winter strike, 10 and the breath of God freezes streams and rivers. 11 Rain clouds filled with lightning appear at God’s command, 12 traveling across the sky 13 to release their cargo— sometimes as punishment for sin, sometimes as kindness.
14 Job, consider carefully the many wonders of God. 15 Can you explain why lightning flashes at the orders 16 of God who knows all things? Or how he hangs the clouds in empty space? 17 You almost melt in the heat of fierce desert winds when the sky is like brass. 18 God can spread out the clouds to get relief from the heat, but can you?
19 Tell us what to say to God! Our minds are in the dark, and we don’t know how to argue our case. 20 Should I risk my life by telling God that I want to speak? 21 No one can stare at the sun after a breeze has blown the clouds from the sky. 22 Yet the glorious splendor of God All-Powerful is brighter by far. 23 God cannot be seen— but his power is great, and he is always fair. 24 And so we humans fear God, because he shows no respect for those who are proud and think they know so much.
37.4commands: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
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