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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXXVII
 
 
[1]    YEA, at this my heart trembleth,
And is moved out of its place.
[2]  Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice,
And the sound 1 that goeth out of his mouth.
[3]  He sendeth it forth under the whole heaven,
And his lightning 2 unto the ends 3 of the earth.
[4]  After it a voice roareth;
He thundereth with the voice of his majesty;
And he restraineth not the 4 lightnings when his voice is heard.
[5]  God thundereth marvellously with his voice;
Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
[6]  For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth;
Likewise to the shower of rain,
And to the showers of his mighty rain.
[7]  He sealeth up the hand of every man,
That all men whom he hath made may know it.
[8]  Then the beasts go into coverts,
And remain in their dens.
[9]  Out of the chamber of the south cometh the storm,
And cold out of the north. 5
[10]  By the breath of God ice is given;
And the breadth of the waters is straitened. 6
[11]  Yea, he ladeth the thick cloud with moisture;
He spreadeth abroad the cloud of his lightning: 7
[12]  And it is turned round about by his guidance,
That they may do whatsoever he commandeth them
Upon the face of the habitable world,
[13]  Whether it be for correction, or for his land, 8
Or for lovingkindness, that he cause it to come.
 
[14]  Hearken unto this, O Job:
Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
[15]  Dost thou know how God layeth his charge upon them,
And causeth the lightning 9 of his cloud to shine?
[16]  Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds,
The wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
[17]  How 10 thy garments are warm,
When 11 the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
[18]  Canst thou with him spread out the sky,
Which is strong as a molten mirror?
[19]  Teach us what we shall say unto him;
For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness.
[20]  Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Or 12 should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
 
[21]  And now men see 13 not the light which is bright in the skies;
But the wind passeth, and cleareth them.
[22]  Out of the north cometh golden 14 splendor:
God hath upon him terrible majesty.
[23]  Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out:
He is excellent in power;
And in 15 justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.
[24]  Men do therefore fear him:
He regardeth not any that are wise of heart.
 
Note 1. Or, muttering. [back]
Note 2. Heb. light. [back]
Note 3. Heb. skirts. [back]
Note 4. Heb. them. [back]
Note 5. Heb. scattering winds. [back]
Note 6. Or, congealed. [back]
Note 7. Heb. light. [back]
Note 8. Or, earth. [back]
Note 9. Heb. light. [back]
Note 10. Or, Thou whose garments are &c. [back]
Note 11. Or, When he quieteth the earth by the south wind. [back]
Note 12. Or, If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. [back]
Note 13. Or, cannot look on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind hath passed, and cleared them. [back]
Note 14. Heb. gold. [back]
Note 15. Or, to justice … he doeth no violence. [back]
 

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