"At this my heart pounds1 and leaps from its place.
Listen!2 Listen to the roar of his voice,3 to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.43
He unleashes his lightning5 beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.64
After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders7 with his majestic voice.8 When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back.
God's voice thunders9 in marvelous ways;10 he does great things beyond our understanding.116
He says to the snow,12 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'137
So that everyone he has made may know his work,14 he stops all mortals from their labor.a158
The animals take cover;16 they remain in their dens.179
The tempest comes out from its chamber,18 the cold from the driving winds.1910
The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.2011
He loads the clouds with moisture;21 he scatters his lightning22 through them.2312
At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.2413
He brings the clouds to punish people,25 or to water his earth and show his love.2614
"Listen27 to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders.2815
Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning29 flash?3016
Do you know how the clouds hang poised,31 those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?3217
You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,3318
can you join him in spreading out the skies,34 hard as a mirror of cast bronze?3519
"Tell us what we should say to him;36 we cannot draw up our case37 because of our darkness.3820
Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
Now no one can look at the sun,39 bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.
Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;40 God comes in awesome majesty.4123
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;42 in his justice43 and great righteousness, he does not oppress.4424
Therefore, people revere him,45 for does he not have regard for all the wise46 in heart?b "