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Job 37 Good News Translation (GNT)

37 The storm makes my heart beat wildly.
Listen, all of you, to the voice of God,
    to the thunder that comes from his mouth.
He sends the lightning across the sky,
    from one end of the earth to the other.
Then the roar of his voice is heard,
    the majestic sound of thunder,
    and all the while the lightning flashes.
At God's command amazing things happen,
    wonderful things that we can't understand.
He commands snow to fall on the earth,
    and sends torrents of drenching rain.
He brings our work to a stop;
    he shows us what he can do.[a]
The wild animals go to their dens.
The storm winds come from the south,
    and the biting cold from the north.
10 The breath of God freezes the waters,
    and turns them to solid ice.
11 Lightning flashes from the clouds,[b]
12     as they move at God's will.
They do all that God commands,
    everywhere throughout the world.
13 God sends rain to water the earth;
    he may send it to punish us,
    or to show us his favor.

14 Pause a moment, Job, and listen;
    consider the wonderful things God does.
15 Do you know how God gives the command
    and makes lightning flash from the clouds?
16 Do you know how clouds float in the sky,
    the work of God's amazing skill?
17 No, you can only suffer in the heat
    when the south wind oppresses the land.
18 Can you help God stretch out the sky
    and make it as hard as polished metal?
19 Teach us what to say to God;
    our minds are blank; we have nothing to say.
20 I won't ask to speak with God;
    why should I give him a chance to destroy me?

21 And now the light in the sky is dazzling,
    too bright for us to look at it;
    and the sky has been swept clean by the wind.
22 A golden glow is seen in the north,
    and the glory of God fills us with awe.
23 God's power is so great that we cannot come near him;
    he is righteous and just in his dealings with us.
24 No wonder, then, that everyone is awed by him,
    and that he ignores those who claim to be wise.


  1. Job 37:7 One ancient translation us what he can do; Hebrew this to those whom he has made.
  2. Job 37:11 Verse 11 in Hebrew is unclear.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Job 37 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

37 “At this also my heart trembles,
    and leaps out of its place.
Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice
    and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,
    and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
    he thunders with his majestic voice
    and he does not restrain the lightnings[a] when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’;
    and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,
serves as a sign on everyone’s hand,
    so that all whom he has made may know it.[b]
Then the animals go into their lairs
    and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
    and cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God ice is given,
    and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
    the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They turn round and round by his guidance,
    to accomplish all that he commands them
    on the face of the habitable world.
13 Whether for correction, or for his land,
    or for love, he causes it to happen.

14 “Hear this, O Job;
    stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
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 of the clouds,
    the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
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 molten mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
    we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
    Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
21 Now, no one can look 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;
    around God is awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty[c]—we cannot find him;
    he is great in power and justice,
    and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore mortals fear him;
    he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”


  1. Job 37:4 Heb them
  2. Job 37:7 Meaning of Heb of verse 7 uncertain
  3. Job 37:23 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Job 37 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

37 “At this, my own heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
Just listen to the rumbling of his voice,
to the thunder that comes from his mouth!
He sends it out under all of heaven,
his lightning to the ends of the earth.
There follows a sound, a roar —
he is thundering with his majestic voice,
and he keeps releasing [the lightning]
even while his voice is being heard.

“God thunders wonderfully with his voice,
he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth!’ —
likewise to the light rain, also to the downpour.
He brings all human activity to a stop,
so that everyone he has made can know it.
Then the animals go into their lairs
and hibernate in their dens.

“Out of its chamber comes the storm,
with cold out of the north.
10 By the breath of God, ice is given,
and the wide waters freeze over.
11 He weighs the clouds down with moisture,
and they flash forth his lightning.
12 He, by his plans, turns them around,
so they do what he commands them anywhere on earth;
13 he brings them forth on the earth
sometimes to punish, sometimes to express his grace.

14 “Listen to this, Iyov!
Stop, and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God puts them in place,
how he causes lightning to flash from his cloud?
16 Do you know how he balances the clouds?
These are marvels of him who knows everything!

17 “You, sweltering in your clothing
as the earth lies still under a sultry south wind,
18 can you, with him, spread out the sky,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
19 Teach us what we should tell him,
for the darkness keeps us from organizing our case.
20 Is he to be told that I will speak?
Can a man speak at all when he is already swallowed up?
21 Now people don’t see the light,
which is bright in the sky;
but then the wind blows
and clears [the clouds] away.
22 Out of the north comes a golden glow,
fearsome majesty surrounding God.
23 Shaddai, whom we cannot find,
whose power is immense,
in his great righteousness
does not pervert justice.
24 This is why people fear him;
he does not consider those
who think of themselves as wise.”

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Job 37 The Message (MSG)

37 1-13 “Whenever this happens, my heart stops—
    I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath.
Listen to it! Listen to his thunder,
    the rolling, rumbling thunder of his voice.
He lets loose his lightnings from horizon to horizon,
    lighting up the earth from pole to pole.
In their wake, the thunder echoes his voice,
    powerful and majestic.
He lets out all the stops, he holds nothing back.
    No one can mistake that voice—
His word thundering so wondrously,
    his mighty acts staggering our understanding.
He orders the snow, ‘Blanket the earth!’
    and the rain, ‘Soak the whole countryside!’
No one can escape the weather—it’s there.
    And no one can escape from God.
Wild animals take shelter,
    crawling into their dens,
When blizzards roar out of the north
    and freezing rain crusts the land.
It’s God’s breath that forms the ice,
    it’s God’s breath that turns lakes and rivers solid.
And yes, it’s God who fills clouds with rainwater
    and hurls lightning from them every which way.
He puts them through their paces—first this way, then that—
    commands them to do what he says all over the world.
Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love,
    he makes sure they make their mark.

A Terrible Beauty Streams from God

14-18 “Job, are you listening? Have you noticed all this?
    Stop in your tracks! Take in God’s miracle-wonders!
Do you have any idea how God does it all,
    how he makes bright lightning from dark storms,
How he piles up the cumulus clouds—
    all these miracle-wonders of a perfect Mind?
Why, you don’t even know how to keep cool
    on a sweltering hot day,
So how could you even dream
    of making a dent in that hot-tin-roof sky?

19-22 “If you’re so smart, give us a lesson in how to address God.
    We’re in the dark and can’t figure it out.
Do you think I’m dumb enough to challenge God?
    Wouldn’t that just be asking for trouble?
No one in his right mind stares straight at the sun
    on a clear and cloudless day.
As gold comes from the northern mountains,
    so a terrible beauty streams from God.

23-24 “Mighty God! Far beyond our reach!
    Unsurpassable in power and justice!
    It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.
So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all!
    If you’re wise, you’ll most certainly worship him.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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