1“The thunder and lightning frighten me;
my heart pounds in my chest.
2Listen to God’s thundering voice!
Listen to the sound coming from his mouth.
3He sends his lightning to flash across the whole sky.
It lights up the earth from one end to the other.
4After the flashes of lightning you can hear his roaring voice.
He thunders with his wonderful voice!
And while his voice thunders, the lightning flashes continue.
5God’s thundering voice is amazing!
He does great things that we cannot understand.
6He says to the snow,
‘Fall on the earth.’
And he says to the rain,
‘Pour down on the earth.’
7God does this to stop everyone’s work
and to show the people he made what he can do.
8The animals run into their dens and stay there.
9Whirlwinds come from the south.
The cold winds come from the north.
10God’s breath makes ice
and freezes even large bodies of water.
11He fills the clouds with water
and scatters his lightning through them.
12He orders the clouds to be blown all around the earth.
The clouds do whatever he commands.
13He causes the clouds to punish people with floods
or to water his earth and show his love.
14“Job, stop for a minute and listen.
Think about the wonderful things God does.
15Do you know how God controls the clouds?
Do you know how he makes his lightning flash?
16Do you know how the clouds hang in the sky?
This is just one of the amazing works of the one who knows everything.
17All you know is that you sweat, your clothes stick to you,
and all is still and quiet when the heat wave comes from the south.
18Can you help God spread out the sky
and make it shine like polished brass?
19“Job, tell us what we should say to God!
We cannot think of what to say because of our ignorance.#37:19 We cannot … ignorance Literally, “We cannot arrange our thoughts because of the darkness.”
20I would not tell God that I wanted to talk to him.
That would be like asking to be destroyed.
21A person cannot look at the sun.
It is too bright as it shines in the sky after the wind blows the clouds away.
22In the same way God’s golden glory shines from the Holy Mountain.#37:22 Holy Mountain Or “the north” or “Zaphon.”
He is surrounded by the brightest light.
23We have seen that God All-Powerful really is all powerful!
But he is just and never treats anyone unfairly.#37:23 But he … unfairly Or “He does not answer us when we try to sue him for justice.”
24That is why people fear and respect him.
He shows no respect for those who think they are wise.”