37 “At this my heart pounds
And leaps from its place.
2 Listen carefully to the rumbling of his voice
And the thunder that comes from his mouth.
3 He unleashes it under the entire heavens
And sends his lightning+ to the ends of the earth.
4 After that is a roaring sound;
He thunders with a majestic voice,+
And he does not hold it back when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders with his voice+ in a wonderful way;
He does great things that are beyond our understanding.+
6 For he says to the snow, ‘Fall to the earth,’+
And to the downpour of rain, ‘Pour down mightily.’+
7 God puts a stop to all human activity*
So that every mortal man will know His work.
8 The wild animals go into their dens
And remain in their lairs.
9 The storm wind blows from its chamber,+
And the cold comes from the north winds.+
10 By the breath of God, the ice is produced,+
And the broad waters are frozen solid.+
11 Yes, he weighs down the clouds with moisture;
He scatters his lightning+ in the clouds;
12 They swirl around where he directs them;
They carry out whatever he commands+ on the surface of the inhabited earth.*
13 Whether it is for punishment*+ or for the sake of the land
Or for loyal love, he causes it to happen.+
14 Listen to this, Job;
Stop and consider carefully the wonderful works of God.+
15 Do you know how God controls* the clouds
And how he causes the lightning to flash from his cloud?
16 Do you know how the clouds float?+
These are the wonderful works of the One perfect in knowledge.+
17 Why does your clothing become hot
When the earth is still because of the south wind?+
18 Can you, with him, spread out* the skies+
As solid as a metal mirror?
19 Tell us what we should say to him;
We cannot answer because we are in the dark.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
Or has anyone said something that should be communicated to him?+
21 They cannot even see the light,*
Though it is bright in the sky,
Until a wind passes by and clears away the clouds.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God’s majesty+ is awe-inspiring.
23 Understanding the Almighty is beyond our reach;+
He is great in power,+
And he never violates his justice+ and abundant righteousness.+
24 Therefore, people should fear him.+
For he does not favor any who think that they are wise.”*+