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Job 37

1 "At this my heart pounds
and leaps from its place. 2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
     to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
     and sends it to the ends of the earth.
4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
     he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
     he holds nothing back.
5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
     he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
     and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
     he stops every man from his labor.(1)
8 The animals take cover;
     they remain in their dens.
9 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 men,
     or to water his earth(2) 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 is perfect in 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 any man 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, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?(1) "

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