351-2It is not right, Job, for you to say
that you are innocent in God's sight,
3or to ask God, “How does my sin affect you?
What have I gained by not sinning?”
4I am going to answer you and your friends too.
5Look at the sky! See how high the clouds are!
If you sin, that does no harm to God.
If you do wrong many times, does that affect him?
7Do you help God by being so righteous?
There is nothing God needs from you.
8Others suffer from your sins,
and the good you do helps them.
9When people are oppressed, they groan;
they cry for someone to save them.
10But they don't turn to God, their Creator,
who gives them hope in their darkest hours.
11They don't turn to God, who makes us wise,
wiser than any animal or bird.
12They cry for help, but God doesn't answer,
for they are proud and evil.
13It is useless for them to cry out;
Almighty God does not see or hear them.
14Job, you say you can't see God;
but wait patiently — your case is before him.
15You think that God does not punish,
that he pays little attention to sin.
16It is useless for you to go on talking;
it is clear you don't know what you are saying.
361-2Be patient and listen a little longer
to what I am saying on God's behalf.
3My knowledge is wide; I will use what I know
to show that God, my Creator, is just.
4Nothing I say to you is false;
you see before you a truly wise man.
5How strong God is! He despises no one;
there is nothing he doesn't understand.
6He does not let sinners live on,
and he always treats the poor with justice.
7He protects those who are righteous;
he allows them to rule like kings
and lets them be honoured for ever.
8But if people are bound in chains,
suffering for what they have done,
9God shows them their sins and their pride.
10He makes them listen to his warning
to turn away from evil.
11If they obey God and serve him,
they live out their lives in peace and prosperity.
12But if not, they will die in ignorance
and cross the stream into the world of the dead.
13Those who are godless keep on being angry,
and even when punished, they don't pray for help.
14They die while they are still young,
worn out by a life of disgrace.
15But God teaches people through suffering
and uses distress to open their eyes.
16God brought you out of trouble,
and let you enjoy security;
your table was piled high with food.
17But now you are being punished as you deserve.
18Be careful not to let bribes deceive you,
or riches lead you astray.
19It will do you no good to cry out for help;
all your strength can't help you now.
20Don't wish for night to come,
the time when nations will perish.
21Be careful not to turn to evil;
your suffering was sent to keep you from it.
22Remember how great is God's power;
he is the greatest teacher of all.
23No one can tell God what to do
or accuse him of doing evil.
24He has always been praised for what he does;
you also must praise him.
25Everyone has seen what he has done;
but we can only watch from a distance.36.25 but we can only watch from a distance; or no one understands it all.
26We cannot fully know his greatness
or count the number of his years.
27It is God who takes water from the earth
and turns it into drops of rain.
28He lets the rain pour from the clouds
in showers for the whole human race.
29No one knows how the clouds move
or how the thunder roars
through the sky, where God dwells.
30He sends lightning through all the sky,
but the depths of the sea remain dark.
31This is how he feeds36.31 Probable text feeds; Hebrew judges. the people
and provides an abundance of food.
32He seizes the lightning with his hands
and commands it to hit the mark.
33Thunder announces the approaching storm,
and the cattle know it is coming.
371The storm makes my heart beat wildly.
2Listen, all of you, to the voice of God,
to the thunder that comes from his mouth.
3He sends the lightning across the sky,
from one end of the earth to the other.
4Then the roar of his voice is heard,
the majestic sound of thunder,
and all the while the lightning flashes.
5At God's command amazing things happen,
wonderful things that we can't understand.
6He commands snow to fall on the earth,
and sends torrents of drenching rain.
7He brings our work to a stop;
he shows us what he can do.37.7 One ancient translation them what he can do; Hebrew this to those whom he has made.
8The wild animals go to their dens.
9The storm winds come from the south,
and the biting cold from the north.
10The breath of God freezes the waters,
and turns them to solid ice.
11Lightning flashes from the clouds,37.11 Verse 11 in Hebrew is unclear.
12as they move at God's will.
They do all that God commands,
everywhere throughout the world.
13God sends rain to water the earth;
he may send it to punish us,
or to show us his favour.
14Pause a moment, Job, and listen;
consider the wonderful things God does.
15Do you know how God gives the command
and makes lightning flash from the clouds?
16Do you know how clouds float in the sky,
the work of God's amazing skill?
17No, you can only suffer in the heat
when the south wind oppresses the land.
18Can you help God stretch out the sky
and make it as hard as polished metal?
19Teach us what to say to God;
our minds are blank; we have nothing to say.
20I won't ask to speak with God;
why should I give him a chance to destroy me?
21And now the light in the sky is dazzling,
too bright for us to look at it;
and the sky has been swept clean by the wind.
22A golden glow is seen in the north,
and the glory of God fills us with awe.
23God's power is so great that we cannot come near him;
he is righteous and just in his dealings with us.
24No wonder, then, that everyone stands in awe of him,
and that he ignores those who claim to be wise.