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Job 36:27-37:13 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

27 For he draws up the drops of water,
    he[a] distils his mist in rain
28 which the skies pour down,
    and drop upon man abundantly.
29 Can any one understand the spreading of the clouds,
    the thunderings of his pavilion?
30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him,
    and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he judges peoples;
    he gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightning,
    and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing declares concerning him,
    who is jealous with anger against iniquity.

37 “At this also my heart trembles,
    and leaps out of its place.
Hearken to the thunder of his voice
    and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
    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[b] when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does great things which we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’;
    and to the shower and the rain,[c] ‘Be strong.’
He seals up the hand of every man,
    that all men may know his work.[d]
Then the beasts 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.


  1. Job 36:27 Cn: Heb they distil
  2. Job 37:4 Heb them
  3. Job 37:6 Cn Compare Syr: Heb shower of rain and shower of rains
  4. Job 37:7 Vg Compare Syr Tg: Heb that all men whom he has made may know it
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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