Elihu Extols God’s Majesty
1“About this also my heart trembles,
and it leaps from its place.
2Listen carefully to his voice’s thunder
and the rumbling that goes out from his mouth.
3He lets it loose under all the heavens,
and his lightning to the earth’s corners.
4After it, his voice roars;
it thunders with his majestic voice,#Literally “with the voice of his majesty”
and he does not restrain it when his voice is heard.
5“God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways;
he does great things, and we cannot comprehend.
6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’;
and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain#Literally “the shower of rain and the show of rains of his strength”—
7he stops all human beings from working#Literally “on the hand of all man he seals”
so that everyone whom he has made may know it.#Literally “to know all men of his work”
8Then#Hebrew “And” the animal goes into its den,
and it remains in its den.
9“The storm wind comes from its chamber
and cold from the north wind.
10By God’s breath, ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen.
11Also, he loads down thick clouds with moisture;
his lightning scatters the clouds.
12And they#Collective “clouds” in the first line takes the singular “it” here with the plural meaning turn around by his guidance
to accomplish all that he has commanded them
on the face of the habitable world.#Literally “world of earth”
13Whether as correction#Literally “a rod” or for his land,
or as loyal love, he lets it happen.
14“Hear this, Job;
stand still and consider carefully God’s wondrous works.
15Do you know how God commands them#Literally “at the putting of God upon them”
and how he causes his cloud’s lightning to shine?
16Do you know about the hovering of the clouds,
the marvelous works of the one with perfect knowledge?#Literally “the marvelous works of perfect knowledge”
17You whose garments are hot,
when the earth is being still because of the south wind,
18with him can you spread out the skies,
hard as a molten mirror?
19“Teach us what we should say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of the presence of darkness.
20Should he be told that I want to speak?
Or did a man say that he would be communicated with?
21So then, they do not look at the light when it is bright in the skies,
when#Hebrew “and” the wind has passed and has cleansed them.
22From the north comes gold—
awesome majesty is around God.
23As for Shaddai, we cannot attain him;
he is exalted in power,
and he does not oppress justice and abundant righteousness.
24Therefore people revered him;
he does not regard any#Or “all” who think that they are wise.”#Literally “the wise of heart”