37 At this also my heart pounds
and leaps from its place.
2 Listen carefully 1 to the thunder of his voice,
to the rumbling 2 that proceeds from his mouth.
3 Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
even his lightning to the far corners 3 of the earth.
4 After that a voice roars;
he thunders with an exalted voice,
and he does not hold back his lightning bolts 4
when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; 5
he does great things beyond our understanding. 6
6 For to the snow he says, ‘Fall 7 to earth,’
and to the torrential rains, 8 ‘Pour down.’ 9
7 He causes everyone to stop working, 10
so that all people 11 may know 12 his work.
8 The wild animals go to their lairs,
and in their dens they remain.
9 A tempest blows out from its chamber,
icy cold from the driving winds. 13
10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the breadth of the waters freeze solid.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture; 14
he scatters his lightning through the clouds.
12 The clouds 15 go round in circles,
wheeling about according to his plans,
to carry out 16 all that he commands them
over the face of the whole inhabited world.
13 Whether it is for punishment 17 for his land,
or whether it is for mercy,
he causes it to find its mark. 18
14 “Pay attention to this, Job!
Stand still and consider the wonders God works.
15 Do you know how God commands them, 19
how he makes lightning flash in his storm cloud? 20
16 Do you know about the balancing 21 of the clouds,
that wondrous activity of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 You, whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind,
18 will you, with him, spread out 22 the clouds,
solid as a mirror of molten metal?
19 Tell us what we should 23 say to him.
We cannot prepare a case 24
because of the darkness.
20 Should he be informed that I want 25 to speak?
If a man speaks, surely he would be swallowed up!
21 But now, the sun 26 cannot be looked at 27 –
it is bright in the skies –
after a wind passed and swept the clouds away. 28
22 From the north he comes in golden splendor; 29
around God is awesome majesty.
23 As for the Almighty, 30 we cannot attain to him!
He is great in power,
but justice 31 and abundant righteousness he does not oppress.
24 Therefore people fear him,
for he does not regard all the wise in heart.” 32
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 1
2 “Who is this 2 who darkens counsel 3
with words without knowledge?
3 Get ready for a difficult task 4 like a man;
I will question you
and you will inform me!
4 “Where were you
when I laid the foundation 5 of the earth?
Tell me, 6 if you possess understanding!
5 Who set its measurements – if 7 you know –
or who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what 8 were its bases 9 set,
or who laid its cornerstone –
7 when the morning stars 10 sang 11 in chorus, 12
and all the sons of God 13 shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up 14 the sea with doors
when it burst forth, 15 coming out of the womb,
9 when I made 16 the storm clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band, 17
10 when I prescribed 18 its limits,
and set 19 in place its bolts and doors,
11 when I said, ‘To here you may come 20
and no farther, 21
here your proud waves will be confined’? 22
12 Have you ever in your life 23 commanded the morning,
or made the dawn know 24 its place,
13 that it might seize the corners of the earth, 25
and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; 26
its features 27 are dyed 28 like a garment.
15 Then from the wicked the light is withheld,
and the arm raised in violence 29 is broken. 30
16 Have you gone to the springs that fill the sea, 31
or walked about in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? 32
Have you seen the gates of deepest darkness? 33
18 Have you considered the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know it all!
19 “In what direction 34 does light reside,
and darkness, where is its place,
20 that you may take them to their borders
and perceive the pathways to their homes? 35
21 You know, for you were born before them; 36
and the number of your days is great!
22 Have you entered the storehouse 37 of the snow,
or seen the armory 38 of the hail,
23 which I reserve for the time of trouble,
for the day of war and battle? 39
24 In what direction is lightning 40 dispersed,
or the east winds scattered over the earth?
25 Who carves out a channel for the heavy rains,
and a path for the rumble of thunder,
26 to cause it to rain on an uninhabited land, 41
a desert where there are no human beings, 42
27 to satisfy a devastated and desolate land,
and to cause it to sprout with vegetation? 43
28 Does the rain have a father,
or who has fathered the drops of the dew?
29 From whose womb does the ice emerge,
and the frost from the sky, 44 who gives birth to it,
30 when the waters become hard 45 like stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen solid?
31 Can you tie the bands 46 of the Pleiades,
or release the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead out
the constellations 47 in their seasons,
or guide the Bear with its cubs? 48
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens,
or can you set up their rule over the earth?
34 Can you raise your voice to the clouds
so that a flood of water covers you? 49
35 Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go?
Will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the heart, 50
or has imparted understanding to the mind?
37 Who by wisdom can count the clouds,
and who can tip over 51 the water jars of heaven,
38 when the dust hardens 52 into a mass,
and the clumps of earth stick together?
39 “Do you hunt prey for the lioness,
and satisfy the appetite 53 of the lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens,
when they wait in ambush in the thicket?
41 Who prepares prey for the raven,
when its young cry out to God
and wander about 54 for lack of food?
39 “Are you acquainted with the way 1
the mountain goats 2 give birth?
Do you watch as the wild deer give birth to their young?
2 Do you count the months they must fulfill,
and do you know the time they give birth? 3
3 They crouch, they bear 4 their young,
they bring forth the offspring they have carried. 5
4 Their young grow strong, and grow up in the open; 6
they go off, and do not return to them.
5 Who let the wild donkey go free?
Who released the bonds of the donkey,
6 to whom I appointed the steppe for its home,
the salt wastes as its dwelling place?
7 It scorns the tumult in the town;
it does not hear the shouts of a driver. 7
8 It ranges the hills as its pasture,
and searches after every green plant.
9 Is the wild ox willing to be your servant?
Will it spend the night at your feeding trough?
10 Can you bind the wild ox 8 to a furrow with its rope,
will it till the valleys, following after you?
11 Will you rely on it because its strength is great?
Will you commit 9 your labor to it?
12 Can you count on 10 it to bring in 11 your grain, 12
and gather the grain 13 to your threshing floor? 14 13 15
“The wings of the ostrich 16 flap with joy, 17
but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork? 18
14 For she leaves 19 her eggs on the ground,
and lets them be warmed on the soil.
15 She forgets that a foot might crush them,
or that a wild animal 20 might trample them.
16 She is harsh 21 with her young,
as if they were not hers;
she is unconcerned
about the uselessness of her labor.
17 For God deprived her of wisdom,
and did not impart understanding to her.
18 But as soon as she springs up, 22
she laughs at the horse and its rider.
19 “Do you give the horse its strength?
Do you clothe its neck with a mane? 23
20 Do you make it leap 24 like a locust?
Its proud neighing 25 is terrifying!
21 It 26 paws the ground in the valley, 27
exulting mightily, 28
it goes out to meet the weapons.
22 It laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
it does not shy away from the sword.
23 On it the quiver rattles;
the lance and javelin 29 flash.
24 In excitement and impatience it consumes the ground; 30
it cannot stand still 31 when the trumpet is blown.
25 At the sound of the trumpet, it says, ‘Aha!’
And from a distance it catches the scent of battle,
the thunderous shouting of commanders,
and the battle cries.
26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, 32
and spreads its wings toward the south?
27 Is it at your command 33 that the eagle soars,
and builds its nest on high?
28 It lives on a rock and spends the night there,
on a rocky crag 34 and a fortress. 35
29 From there it spots 36 its prey, 37
its eyes gaze intently from a distance.
30 And its young ones devour the blood,
and where the dead carcasses 38 are,
there it is.”