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Job 37 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Whenever this happens, my heart stops - I'm stunned, I can't catch my breath. 1 "At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.
2 Listen to it! Listen to his thunder, the rolling, rumbling thunder of his voice. 2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He lets loose his lightnings from horizon to horizon, lighting up the earth from pole to pole. 3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.
4 In their wake, the thunder echoes his voice, powerful and majestic. He lets out all the stops, he holds nothing back. No one can mistake that voice - 4 After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back.
5 His word thundering so wondrously, his mighty acts staggering our understanding. 5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He orders the snow, 'Blanket the earth!' and the rain, 'Soak the whole countryside!' 6 He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
7 No one can escape the weather - it's there. And no one can escape from God. 7 So that all men he has made may know his work, he stops every man from his labor.
8 Wild animals take shelter, crawling into their dens, 8 The animals take cover; they remain in their dens.
9 When blizzards roar out of the north and freezing rain crusts the land. 9 The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds.
10 It's God's breath that forms the ice, it's God's breath that turns lakes and rivers solid. 10 The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.
11 And yes, it's God who fills clouds with rainwater and hurls lightning from them every which way. 11 He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.
12 He puts them through their paces - first this way, then that - commands them to do what he says all over the world. 12 At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.
13 Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love, he makes sure they make their mark. A Terrible Beauty Streams from God 13 He brings the clouds to punish men, or to water his earth and show his love.
14 "Job, are you listening? Have you noticed all this? Stop in your tracks! Take in God's miracle-wonders! 14 "Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders.
15 Do you have any idea how God does it all, how he makes bright lightning from dark storms, 15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
16 How he piles up the cumulus clouds - all these miracle-wonders of a perfect Mind? 16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 Why, you don't even know how to keep cool on a sweltering hot day, 17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
18 So how could you even dream of making a dent in that hot-tin-roof sky? 18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?
19 "If you're so smart, give us a lesson in how to address God. We're in the dark and can't figure it out. 19 "Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
20 Do you think I'm dumb enough to challenge God? Wouldn't that just be asking for trouble? 20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Would any man ask to be swallowed up?
21 No one in his right mind stares straight at the sun on a clear and cloudless day. 21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.
22 As gold comes from the northern mountains, so a terrible beauty streams from God. 22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty.
23 "Mighty God! Far beyond our reach! Unsurpassable in power and justice! It's unthinkable that he'd treat anyone unfairly. 23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all! If you're wise, you'll most certainly worship him." 24 Therefore, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart? "