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Job 37 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 37

At this my heart trembles
    and leaps out of its place.
Listen to his angry voice[a]
    and the rumble that comes forth from his mouth!
Everywhere under the heavens he sends it,
    with his light, to the ends of the earth.
Again his voice roars,
    his majestic voice thunders;
    he does not restrain them when his voice is heard.
God thunders forth marvels with his voice;
    he does great things beyond our knowing.
He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth”;
    likewise to his heavy, drenching rain.
He shuts up all humankind indoors,
    so that all people may know his work.
The wild beasts take to cover
    and remain quiet in their dens.
Out of its chamber the tempest comes forth;
    from the north winds, the cold.
10 With his breath God brings the frost,
    and the broad waters congeal.
11 The clouds too are laden with moisture,
    the storm-cloud scatters its light.
12 [b]He it is who changes their rounds, according to his plans,
    to do all that he commands them
    across the inhabited world.
13 Whether for punishment or mercy,
    he makes it happen.
14 Listen to this, Job!
    Stand and consider the marvels of God!
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them,
    and makes the light shine forth from his clouds?
16 Do you know how the clouds are banked,
    the marvels of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 You, who swelter in your clothes
    when calm lies over the land from the south,
18 Can you with him spread out the firmament of the skies,
    hard as a molten mirror?[c]
19 Teach us then what we shall say to him;
    we cannot, for the darkness, make our plea.
20 Will he be told about it when I speak?
    Can anyone talk when he is being destroyed?
21 Rather, it is as the light that cannot be seen
    while it is obscured by the clouds,
    till the wind comes by and sweeps them away.[d]
22 From Zaphon[e] the golden splendor comes,
    surrounding God’s awesome majesty!
23 The Almighty! We cannot find him,
    preeminent in power and judgment,
    abundant in justice, who never oppresses.
24 Therefore people fear him;
    none can see him, however wise their hearts.[f]


  1. 37:2 Voice: the thunder.
  2. 37:12–13 The translation of these verses is uncertain.
  3. 37:18 The firmament…mirror: the ancients thought of the sky as a ceiling above which were the “upper waters” (cf. Gn 1:6–7; 7:11); when this ceiling became as hard as metal, the usual rain failed to fall on the earth (cf. Lv 26:19; Dt 28:23).
  4. 37:21 Elihu argues that even though God seems not to know our circumstances, he does know them, just as surely as the sun shines behind the clouds.
  5. 37:22 Zaphon: the mythical mountain of the gods; cf. note on 26:7.
  6. 37:24 The concluding remark of Elihu is ironic in view of the appearance of the Lord in the next chapter and Job’s claim in 42:5.
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Job 37 New International Version (NIV)

37 “At this my heart pounds
    and leaps from its place.
Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
    to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
    and sends it to the ends of the earth.
After that comes the sound of his roar;
    he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
    he holds nothing back.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
So that everyone he has made may know his work,
    he stops all people from their labor.[a]
The animals take cover;
    they remain in their dens.
The tempest comes out from its chamber,
    the cold from the driving winds.
10 The breath of God produces ice,
    and the broad waters become frozen.
11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
    he scatters his lightning through them.
12 At his direction they swirl around
    over the face of the whole earth
    to do whatever he commands them.
13 He brings the clouds to punish people,
    or to water his earth and show his love.

14 “Listen to this, Job;
    stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
    and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
    those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?
17 You who swelter in your clothes
    when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
    hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

19 “Tell us what we should say to him;
    we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
    Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
21 Now no one can look at the sun,
    bright as it is in the skies
    after the wind has swept them clean.
22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;
    God comes in awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
    in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 Therefore, people revere him,
    for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?[b]


  1. Job 37:7 Or work, / he fills all people with fear by his power
  2. Job 37:24 Or for he does not have regard for any who think they are wise.
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Job 37 King James Version (KJV)

37 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.

Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.

He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

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