1At this my heart trembles and leaps out of its place, 2To hear his angry voice* as it rumbles forth from his mouth! 3Everywhere under the heavens he sends it, with his lightning, to the ends of the earth. 4Again his voice roars— the majestic sound of his thunder. 5He does great things beyond our knowing; wonders past our searching out. 6For he says to the snow, “Fall to the earth”; likewise to his heavy, drenching rain. 7He shuts up all mankind indoors; 8the wild beasts take to cover and remain quietly in their dens. 9Out of its chamber* comes forth the tempest; from the north winds, the cold. 10With his breath God brings the frost, and the broad waters become congealed. d Ps 148, 17 . 11With hail, also, the clouds are laden, as they scatter their flashes of light. 12He it is who changes their rounds,* according to his plans, in their task upon the surface of the earth, 13whether for punishment or mercy, as he commands. 14Hearken to this, O Job! Stand and consider the wondrous works of God! 15Do you know how God lays his commands upon them, and makes the light shine forth from his clouds? 16Do you know how the clouds are banked, the wondrous work of him who is perfect in knowledge? 17You, whom the streams of water fail when a calm from the south comes over the land, 18Do you spread out with him the firmament of the skies, hard as a brazen mirror?* 19Teach us then what we shall say to him; we cannot, for the darkness, make our plea. 20Will he be told about it when I speak, or when a man says he is being destroyed?* 21Nay, rather, it is as the light which men see not while it is obscured among the clouds, till the wind comes by and sweeps the clouds away.* 22From the North the splendor comes,* surrounding God's awesome majesty! 23The Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre‐eminent in power and judgment; his great justice owes no one an accounting. 24Therefore men revere him, though none can see him, however wise their hearts.

Notes:

d: Ps 148, 17 .