Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind
As soon as Elihu had done speaking, who saw the tempest rising, and gave hints of it, ( Job 37:2 Job 37:14 ) ; and hastened to finish his discourse. This was raised to give notice of the Lord being about to appear, and to display his majesty, and to command reverence and attention. The Targum calls it the whirlwind of distress, as it might be to Job; and a representation of the distressed and disturbed state and condition in which he was. The person that spoke out of it is Jehovah the Son of God, the eternal Word, who very probably appeared in an human form; there was an object seen, ( Job 42:5 ) ; and spoke with an articulate voice to Job;
in answer to his frequent wishes and desires that the Lord would appear and take his cause in hand.