The Bible in Its Traditions

Job 36:22–37:24

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22  Behold, God doeth loftily in His power; who is a teacher like Him?

22  Behold, the Mighty One shall prevail by his strength: for who is powerful as he is?

22  Behold, God is exalted in his strength, and there is no one like him among the law-givers.

23  Who hath enjoined Him His way? Or who hath said: 'Thou hast wrought unrighteousness'?

23  And who is he that examines his works? or who can say, he has wrought injustice?

23  Who is able to investigate his ways? And who can say, “You have done iniquity,” to him?

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24  Remember that thou magnify His work, whereof men have sung.

24  Remember that his works are great beyond those which men have attempted.

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25  All men have looked thereon; man beholdeth it afar off.

25  Every man has seen in himself, how many mortals are wounded.

25  All men consider him; and each one ponders from a distance.

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26  Behold, God is great, beyond our knowledge; the number of His years is unsearchable.

26  Behold, the Mighty One is great, and we shall not know him: the number of his years is even infinite.

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27  For He draweth away the drops of water, which distil rain from His vapour;

27  And the drops of rain are numbered by him, and shall be poured out in rain to form a cloud.

27  For if we should number the pillars of the heaven, and bind the drops of rain by themselves, which the skies do drop in their season;

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28  Which the skies pour down and drop upon the multitudes of men.

28  The ancient heavens shall flow, and the clouds overshadow innumerable mortals: he has fixed a time to cattle, and they know the order of rest. Yet by all these things thy understanding is not astonished, neither is thy mind disturbed in thy body.

28  they flow from the clouds that are woven above everything.

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29  Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, the crashings of His pavilion?

29  And though one should understand the outspreadings of the clouds, or the measure of his tabernacle;

29  If he wills it, he extends the clouds as his tent

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30  Behold, He spreadeth His light upon it; and He covereth the depths of the sea.

30  behold he will stretch his bow against him, and he covers the bottom of the sea.

30  and shines with his light from above; likewise, he covers the oceans within his tent.

31  For by these He judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

31  For by them he will judge the nations: he will give food to him that has strength.

31  For he judges the people by these things, and he gives food to a multitude of mortals.

32  He covereth His hands with the lightning, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

32  He has hidden the light in his hands, and given charge concerning it to the interposing cloud.

32  Within his hands, he hides the light, and he commands it to come forth again.

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33  The noise thereof telleth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up.

33  He announces it to his friend, for it is his possession and he is able to reach out to it.

33  He shows his possessions to his friends, and to the wicked also.

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37:1  At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of its place.

At this, my heart became frightened, and it has been moved from its place.

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37:2  Hear attentively the noise of His voice, and the sound that goeth out of His mouth.

Hear thou a report by the anger of the Lord’s wrath, and a discourse shall come out of his mouth.

Pay close attention to the alarm of his voice and to the sound that proceeds from his mouth.

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37:3  He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven, and His lightning unto the ends of the earth.

He beholds everything under the heavens, and his light reaches beyond the ends of the earth.

Under the whole of heaven the people shall praise him, and his light shines upon the ends of the earth.

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37:4  After it a voice roareth; He thundereth with the voice of His majesty; and He stayeth them not when His voice is heard.

After him shall be a cry with a loud voice; he shall thunder with the voice of his excellency, yet he shall not cause men to pass away, for one shall hear his voice.

After this, a noise will sound; he will thunder with the voice of his greatness, and it will not be tracked down, yet his voice will be obeyed.

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37:5  God thundereth marvellously with His voice; great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend.

The Mighty One shall thunder wonderfully with his voice: for he has done great things which we knew not;

God will thunder with his voice miraculously, for he performs great and unsearchable things.

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37:6  For He saith to the snow: 'Fall thou on the earth'; likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of His mighty rain.

commanding the snow, Be thou upon the earth, and the stormy rain, and the storm of the showers of his might.

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37:7  He sealeth up the hand of every man, that all men whom He hath made may know it.

He signs the hand of all men, so that each one may know his works.

He limits the power of every man, that all men may know his work.

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37:8  Then the beasts go into coverts, and remain in their dens.

And the wild beasts come in under the covert, and rest in their lair.

The beast will enter his hiding-place, and he will remain in his cave.

37:9  Out of the Chamber cometh the storm; and cold out of the north.

Troubles come on out of the secret chambers, and cold from the mountain-tops.

From the interior, a storm will come forth, and a cold winter from the north.

37:10  By the breath of God ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

10  And from the breath of the Mighty One he will send frost; and he guides the water in whatever way he pleases.

10  As God breathes out, frost forms, and the waters are poured forth very widely again.

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37:11  Yea, He ladeth the thick cloud with moister, He spreadeth abroad the cloud of His lightning;

11  Crops desire clouds, and the clouds scatter their light.

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37:12  And they are turned round about by His guidance, that they may do whatsoever He commandeth them upon the face of the habitable world

12  And he will carry round the encircling clouds by his governance, to perform their works: whatsoever he shall command them,

12  It shines all around, wherever the will of him that governs them will lead, to anywhere he will command, over the whole face of the earth,

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37:13  Whether it be for correction, or for His earth, or for mercy, that He cause it to come.

13  this has been appointed by him on the earth, whether for correction, or for his land, or if he shall find him an object for mercy.

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37:14  Hearken unto this, O Job; stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

14  Hearken to this, O Job: stand still, and be admonished of the power of the Lord.

14  Listen to these things, Job. Stand up and consider the wonders of God.

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37:15  Dost thou know how God enjoineth them, and causeth the lightning of His cloud to shine?

15  We know that God has disposed his works, having made light out of darkness.

15  Do you know when God ordered the rains, so as to show the light of his clouds?

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37:16  Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

16  And he knows the divisions of the clouds, and the signal overthrows of the ungodly.

16  Do you know the great paths of the clouds, and the perfect sciences?

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37:17  Thou whose garments are warm, when the earth is still by reason of the south wind;

17  But thy robe is warm, and there is quiet upon the land.

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37:18  Canst thou with Him spread out the sky, which is strong as a molten mirror?

18  Perhaps you have made the heavens with him, which are very solid, as if they had been cast from brass.

18  Were you with him when he spread out the great sky, helping him hold it up?

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37:19  Teach us what we shall say unto Him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

19  Wherefore teach me, what shall we say to him? and let us cease from saying much.

19  Reveal to us what we should say to him, for, of course, we are wrapped in darkness.

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37:20  Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

20  Have I a book or a scribe my me, that I may stand and put man to silence?

20  Relate to him that which he has said; and if a man speaks, surely he shall be consumed.

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37:21  And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

21  But the light is not visible to all: it shines afar off in the heavens, as that which is from him in the clouds.

21  Although they do not see the light, the air will be thickened suddenly into clouds, and the wind, passing by, will drive them away.

37:22  Out of the north cometh golden splendour, about God is terrible majesty.

22  From the north come the clouds shining like gold: in these great are the glory and honour of the Almighty;

22  Riches arrive from the north, and fearful praise reaches out to God.

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37:23  The Almighty, whom we cannot find out, is excellent in power, yet to judgment and plenteous justice He doeth no violence.

23  and we do not find another his equal in strength: as for him that judges justly, dost thou not think that he listens?

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37:24  Men do therefore fear Him; He regardeth not any that are wise of heart.

24  Wherefore men shall fear him; and the wise also in heart shall fear him.

24  Therefore, men will fear him, and all those who seem to themselves to be wise, will not dare to contemplate him.