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CHAPTER 37 Dec. 28 
Elihu Speaks of God’s Power
Yes, at this my heart trembles, and is moved out of its place. 2Hear, oh, hear the noise of His voice, the sound that goes out of His mouth. 3He sends it forth under the whole sky, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. 4After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of His majesty. He doesn’t hold back anything when His voice is heard. 5God thunders marvellously with His voice. He does great things, which we can’t comprehend. 6For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of His mighty rain. 7He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom He has made may know it. 8Then the animals take cover, and remain in their dens. 9Out of its room comes the storm, and cold out of the north. 10By the breath of God, ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen. 11Yes, He loads the thick cloud with moisture. He spreads abroad the cloud of His lightning. 12It is turned around by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the surface of the habitable world, 13whether it is for correction, or for His land, or for grace, that He causes it to come. 14Listen to this, Job. Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 15Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning of His cloud to shine? 16Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge? 17You whose clothing is warm, when the earth is still by reason of the south wind? 18Can you, with Him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror? 19Teach us what we shall tell Him, for we can’t make our case by reason of darkness. 20Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up? 21Now men don’t see the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them. 22Out of the north comes golden splendour. With God is awesome majesty. 23We can’t reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, He will not oppress. 24Therefore men revere Him. He doesn’t regard any who are wise of heart.


37:2 Hear the noise of His voice- See on 36:33. The crash of the thunder in the storm which came down upon them wasn’t the voice of any radically independent god of evil, butGod’s voice.
37:7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom He has made may know it- Our hand or power is often limited by God through weakness, illness, dysfunction of ourselves or others, so that we may know the strength of His hand and power. 
37:15 Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning- See on 36:33; the natural creation isn’t just ticking on clockwork, God is actively in control of it all. We are therefore never far from evidence of God’s active, passionate awareness and power.