September 22 - Job 37.1-24

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Elihu Continues

I Am Frightened

Job 37 I am frightened and tremble all over,
2when I hear the roaring voice of God in the thunder,
3and when I see his lightning flash across the sky.
4God's majestic voice thunders his commands,
5creating miracles too marvelous for us to understand.
6Snow and heavy rainstorms
7make us stop and think about God's power,
8and they force animals to seek shelter.
9The windstorms of winter strike,
10and the breath of God freezes streams and rivers.
11Rain clouds filled with lightning appear at God's command,
12traveling across the sky 13to release their cargo--
sometimes as punishment for sin, sometimes as kindness.

Consider Carefully

14Job, consider carefully the many wonders of God.
15Can you explain why lightning flashes
at the orders 16of God who knows all things?
Or how he hangs the clouds in empty space?
17You almost melt in the heat of fierce desert winds
when the sky is like brass.
18God can spread out the clouds to get relief from the heat,
but can you?

19Tell us what to say to God! Our minds are in the dark,
and we don't know how to argue our case.
20Should I risk my life by telling God that I want to speak?
21No one can stare at the sun
after a breeze has blown the clouds from the sky.
22Yet the glorious splendor of God All-Powerful
is brighter by far.
23God cannot be seen--
but his power is great, and he is always fair.
24And so we humans fear God, because he shows no respect
for those who are proud and think they know so much.

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