1At this, my very heart quakes and leaps out of its place. 2Listen, oh listen, to the blast of his voice and the sound that issues from his mouth. 3His lightning is hurled across the heaven, it strikes to the extremities of earth. 4After it comes a roaring sound, God thunders with majestic voice. He does not check his thunderboltsuntil his voice resounds no more. 5Yes, certainly God shows us marvels and does great deeds that we cannot understand. 6When he says to the snow, 'Fal on the earth!' to the showers, 'Now rain hard!' 7he brings al human activity to a standstil , for everyone to acknowledge his work. 8The animals go back to their dens and take shelter in their lairs. 9The storm wind comes from the Mansion of the South, and the north winds usher in the cold. 10At the breath of God, ice comes next, the surface of the waters hardens over. 11He weighs the clouds down with moisture, and the storm clouds radiate his lightning. 12He himself guides their wheeling motion presiding over their seasonal changes. They carry out hisorders to the letter al over this earthly world. 13Whether to punish earth's peoples or as a work of faithful love, he despatches them. 14Listen to this, Job, without flinching and reflect on the marvel ous works of God. 15Do you know how God controls them or how his clouds make the lightning flash? 16Do you know how he balances the clouds -- a miracle of consummate skil ?17When your clothes are hot to your body and the earth lies stil under the south wind, 18can you, like him, stretch out the sky, tempered like a mirror of cast metal? 19Teach me what we should say to him: but better discuss no further, since we are in the dark. 20Does he take note when I speak? When human beings give orders, does he take it in? 21There are times when the light vanishes, behind darkening clouds; then comes the wind, sweepingthem away. 22and brightness spreads from the north. God is clothed in fearful splendour: 23he, Shaddai, is far beyond our reach. Supreme in power, in equity, excel ing in saving justice, yet nooppressor- 24no wonder then that people fear him: everyone thoughtful holds him in awe!
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