1“At the sound of his thunder, my heart pounds
as if it will jump out of my chest.
2Listen! Listen to the thunder of God’s voice
and to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3He turns his lightning loose under the whole sky
and sends it to the farthest parts of the earth.
4After that you can hear the roar
when he thunders with a great sound.
He does not hold back the flashing
when his voice is heard.
5God’s voice thunders in wonderful ways;
he does great things we cannot understand.
6He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the shower, ‘Be a heavy rain.’
7With it, he stops everyone from working
so everyone knows it is the work of God.
8The animals take cover from the rain
and stay in their dens.
9The storm comes from where it was stored;
the cold comes with the strong winds.
10The breath of God makes ice,
and the wide waters become frozen.
11He fills the clouds with water
and scatters his lightning through them.
12At his command they swirl around
over the whole earth,
doing whatever he commands.
13He uses the clouds to punish people
or to water his earth and show his love.
14“Job, listen to this:
Stop and notice God’s miracles.
15Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
16Do you know how the clouds hang in the sky?
Do you know the miracles of God, who knows everything?
17You suffer in your clothes
when the land is silenced by the hot, south wind.
18You cannot stretch out the sky like God
and make it look as hard as polished bronze.
19Tell us what we should say to him;
we cannot get our arguments ready because we do not have enough understanding.
20Should God be told that I want to speak?
Would a person ask to be swallowed up?
21No one can look at the sun
when it is bright in the sky
after the wind has blown all the clouds away.
22God comes out of the north in golden light,
in overwhelming greatness.
23The Almighty is too high for us to reach.
He has great strength;
he is always right and never punishes unfairly.
24That is why people honor him;
he does not respect those who say they are wise.”