The Bible in Its Traditions

Job 37:1–24

M G S
V

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.

M S
G
V

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.

M G
V
S

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.

M
G
V S

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.

M S
G
V

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.

M S
G V

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.

M G
V
S

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.

M S
G
V

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.

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.

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.

M G S
V

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.

M S
G
V

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,

M V
G S

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.

M S
G
V

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.

M
G
V S

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?

M S
G
V

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?

M V S
G

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.

M G
V
S

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?

M S
G
V

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.

M V
G
S

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.

M S
G
V

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.

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.

M V S
G

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?

M
G S
V

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.