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1The storm makes my heart beat wildly.
2Listen, all of you, to the voice of God,
to the thunder that comes from his mouth.
3He sends the lightning across the sky,
from one end of the earth to the other.
4Then the roar of his voice is heard,
the majestic sound of thunder,
and all the while the lightning flashes.
5At God's command amazing things happen,
wonderful things that we can't understand.
6He commands snow to fall on the earth,
and sends torrents of drenching rain.
7He brings our work to a stop;
he shows us what he can do.#37.7 One ancient translation them what he can do; Hebrew this to those whom he has made.
8The wild animals go to their dens.
9The storm winds come from the south,
and the biting cold from the north.
10The breath of God freezes the waters,
and turns them to solid ice.
11Lightning flashes from the clouds,#37.11 Verse 11 in Hebrew is unclear.
12as they move at God's will.
They do all that God commands,
everywhere throughout the world.
13God sends rain to water the earth;
he may send it to punish us,
or to show us his favour.
14Pause a moment, Job, and listen;
consider the wonderful things God does.
15Do you know how God gives the command
and makes lightning flash from the clouds?
16Do you know how clouds float in the sky,
the work of God's amazing skill?
17No, you can only suffer in the heat
when the south wind oppresses the land.
18Can you help God stretch out the sky
and make it as hard as polished metal?
19Teach us what to say to God;
our minds are blank; we have nothing to say.
20I won't ask to speak with God;
why should I give him a chance to destroy me?
21And now the light in the sky is dazzling,
too bright for us to look at it;
and the sky has been swept clean by the wind.
22A golden glow is seen in the north,
and the glory of God fills us with awe.
23God's power is so great that we cannot come near him;
he is righteous and just in his dealings with us.
24No wonder, then, that everyone stands in awe of him,
and that he ignores those who claim to be wise.
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