God’s Covenant With Abram

Genesis 15

Highlights From This Passage

  • The Lord is Abram’s defense and reward.
  • Abram is justified by faith.
  • The servitude and deliverance out of Egypt is declared.
  • The land of Canaan is promised the fourth time.

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After these things Yahweh’s word came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

Abram said, “Lord Yahweh, what will you give me, since I go childless, and he who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” Abram said, “Behold, you have given no children to me: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir.”

Behold, Yahweh’s word came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir, but he who will come out of your own body will be your heir.” Yahweh brought him outside, and said, “Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to Abram, “So your offspring will be.” He believed in Yahweh, who credited it to him for righteousness. He said to Abram, “I am Yahweh who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it.”

He said, “Lord Yahweh, how will I know that I will inherit it?”

He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these, and divided them in the middle, and laid each half opposite the other; but he didn’t divide the birds. The birds of prey came down on the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. Now terror and great darkness fell on him. He said to Abram, “Know for sure that your offspring will live as foreigners in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them. They will afflict them four hundred years. I will also judge that nation, whom they will serve. Afterward they will come out with great wealth; but you will go to your fathers in peace. You will be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation they will come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.” It came to pass that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold, a smoking furnace and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. In that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I have given this land to your offspring, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates: the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

The War with the Five Kings

Genesis 14

Highlights from this Passage

  • Lot is taken prisoner in the overthrow of Sodom, but Abram rescues him.
  • Melchizedek comes to meet Abram.
  • Abram would not be enriched by the king of Sodom.

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In the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar; Arioch, king of Ellasar; Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; and Tidal, king of Goiim, they made war with Bera, king of Sodom; Birsha, king of Gomorrah; Shinab, king of Admah; Shemeber, king of Zeboiim; and the king of Bela (also called Zoar). All these joined together in the valley of Siddim (also called the Salt Sea). They served Chedorlaomer for twelve years, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and struck the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their Mount Seir, to El Paran, which is by the wilderness. They returned, and came to En Mishpat (also called Kadesh), and struck all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that lived in Hazazon Tamar. The king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (also called Zoar) went out; and they set the battle in array against them in the valley of Siddim against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five. Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and some fell there. Those who remained fled to the hills. They took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their food, and went their way. They took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who lived in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

One who had escaped came and told Abram, the Hebrew. At that time, he lived by the oaks of Mamre, the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner. They were allies of Abram. When Abram heard that his relative was taken captive, he led out his three hundred eighteen trained men, born in his house, and pursued as far as Dan. He divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and struck them, and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot and his goods, and the women also, and the other people.

The king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High. He blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth. Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Abram gave him a tenth of all.

The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people, and take the goods for yourself.”

Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread nor a sandal strap nor anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I will accept nothing from you except that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion.”

The Promise to Abram Is Renewed

Genesis 13:14-18

Highlights from This Passage

  • The promise made to Abram is renewed. 
  • Abram builds an altar to the Lord.

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Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot was separated from him, “Now, lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for I will give all the land which you see to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring may also be counted. Arise, walk through the land in its length and in its width; for I will give it to you.”

Abram moved his tent, and came and lived by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to Yahweh.

Abram and Lot Go Their Separate Ways

Genesis 13:1-13

Highlights from This Passage

  • Abram leaves Egypt. 
  • Abram calls upon the name of the Lord. 
  • Lot departs from him. 
  • The wickedness of the Sodomites.

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Abram went up out of Egypt—he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him—into the South. Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. He went on his journeys from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. There Abram called on Yahweh’s name. Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, herds, and tents. The land was not able to bear them, that they might live together; for their possessions were so great that they couldn’t live together. There was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites lived in the land at that time. Abram said to Lot, “Please, let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are relatives. Isn’t the whole land before you? Please separate yourself from me. If you go to the left hand, then I will go to the right. Or if you go to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”

Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well-watered everywhere, before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of Yahweh, like the land of Egypt, as you go to Zoar. So Lot chose the Plain of the Jordan for himself. Lot traveled east, and they separated themselves from one other. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot lived in the cities of the plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinners against Yahweh.

Abram’s History Until His Return from Egypt

Genesis 11:27-12:20

Highlights from this Passage

  • We resume our chronological reading of the Bible with the history of Terah’s descendants.
  • Abram departs Ur with his father Terah, Sarai, and Lot.
  • Abram, by God’s commandment, goes to Canaan.
  • Christ is promised through Abram (“All the families of the earth shall be blessed through you”).
  • Abram builds altars to declare his faith.
  • Because of the famine, Abram goes into Egypt.
  • Pharaoh takes Abram’s wife, and is punished.

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Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot. Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees, while his father Terah was still alive. Abram and Nahor married wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, who was also the father of Iscah. Sarai was barren. She had no child. Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. They went from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there. The days of Terah were two hundred five years. Terah died in Haran.

Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as Yahweh had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time, Canaanites were in the land.

Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.”

He built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him. He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to Yahweh and called on Yahweh’s name. Abram traveled, still going on toward the South.

There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land. When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at. It will happen that when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive. Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.”

When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. Yahweh afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, see your wife, take her, and go your way.”

Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.

Job Submits to God, and He is Restored

Job 42

Highlights from this Passage

  • Job repents.
  • Job prays for his friends. 
  • Job’s fortune is restored double to him. 

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Then Job answered Yahweh,

“I know that you can do all things,
    and that no purpose of yours can be restrained.
You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
    therefore I have uttered that which I didn’t understand,
    things too wonderful for me, which I didn’t know.
You said, ‘Listen, now, and I will speak;
    I will question you, and you will answer me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
    but now my eye sees you.
Therefore I abhor myself,
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

It was so, that after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore, take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept him, that I not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.”

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did what Yahweh commanded them, and Yahweh accepted Job.

Yahweh turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, came to him and ate bread with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone a ring of gold.

So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys. He had also seven sons and three daughters. He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren Happuch. In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. After this Job lived one hundred forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, to four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.

Job Shows Humility

Job 40:3-41:34

  • Humankind’s power is weak when compared to the work of God.
  • God’s power appears in the creation and in his governing of the beasts.
  • Nothing can resist God’s power.

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Then Job answered Yahweh,

“Behold, I am of small account. What will I answer you?
    I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
    Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,

“Now brace yourself like a man.
    I will question you, and you will answer me.
Will you even annul my judgment?
    Will you condemn me, that you may be justified?
Or do you have an arm like God?
    Can you thunder with a voice like him?

“Now deck yourself with excellency and dignity.
    Array yourself with honor and majesty.
Pour out the fury of your anger.
    Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low.
Look at everyone who is proud, and humble him.
    Crush the wicked in their place.
Hide them in the dust together.
    Bind their faces in the hidden place.
Then I will also admit to you
    that your own right hand can save you.

“See now, behemoth, which I made as well as you.
    He eats grass as an ox.
Look now, his strength is in his thighs.
    His force is in the muscles of his belly.
He moves his tail like a cedar.
    The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
His bones are like tubes of bronze.
    His limbs are like bars of iron.

He is the chief of the ways of God.
    He who made him gives him his sword.
Surely the mountains produce food for him,
    where all the animals of the field play.
He lies under the lotus trees,
    in the covert of the reed, and the marsh.
The lotuses cover him with their shade.
    The willows of the brook surround him.
Behold, if a river overflows, he doesn’t tremble.
    He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
Shall any take him when he is on the watch,
    or pierce through his nose with a snare?

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fish hook,
    or press down his tongue with a cord?
Can you put a rope into his nose,
    or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
Will he make many petitions to you,
    or will he speak soft words to you?
Will he make a covenant with you,
    that you should take him for a servant forever?
Will you play with him as with a bird?
    Or will you bind him for your girls?
Will traders barter for him?
    Will they part him among the merchants?
Can you fill his skin with barbed irons,
    or his head with fish spears?
Lay your hand on him.
    Remember the battle, and do so no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain.
    Won’t one be cast down even at the sight of him?

None is so fierce that he dare stir him up.
    Who then is he who can stand before me?
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?
    Everything under the heavens is mine.

“I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
    nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
Who can strip off his outer garment?
    Who will come within his jaws?
Who can open the doors of his face?
    Around his teeth is terror.
Strong scales are his pride,
    shut up together with a close seal.

One is so near to another,
    that no air can come between them.
They are joined to one another.
    They stick together, so that they can’t be pulled apart.
His sneezing flashes out light.
    His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning torches.
    Sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils a smoke goes,
    as of a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.
His breath kindles coals.
    A flame goes out of his mouth.
There is strength in his neck.
    Terror dances before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together.
    They are firm on him.
    They can’t be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone,
    yes, firm as the lower millstone.
When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid.
    They retreat before his thrashing.
If one attacks him with the sword, it can’t prevail;
    nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
He counts iron as straw;
    and bronze as rotten wood.
The arrow can’t make him flee.
    Sling stones are like chaff to him.
Clubs are counted as stubble.
    He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.
His undersides are like sharp potsherds,
    leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
He makes the deep to boil like a pot.
    He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
He makes a path shine after him.
    One would think the deep had white hair.
On earth there is not his equal,
    that is made without fear.
He sees everything that is high.
    He is king over all the sons of pride.”

The Lord Appears to Job and His Friends

Job 38:1-40:2

Highlights from this Passage

  • God speaks to Job and declares the weakness of humankind in consideration of his creatures, by whose excellency the power, justice, and providence of the Creator is known.
  • The bounty and providence of God give humankind full occasion to put their confidence in God.

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Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,

“Who is this who darkens counsel
    by words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man,
    for I will question you, then you answer me!

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
    Declare, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measures, if you know?
    Or who stretched the line on it?
What were its foundations fastened on?
    Or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together,
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut up the sea with doors,
    when it broke out of the womb,
when I made clouds its garment,
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
marked out for it my bound,
    set bars and doors,
and said, ‘You may come here, but no further.
    Your proud waves shall be stopped here’?

“Have you commanded the morning in your days,
    and caused the dawn to know its place,
that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
    and shake the wicked out of it?
It is changed as clay under the seal,
    and presented as a garment.
From the wicked, their light is withheld.
    The high arm is broken.

“Have you entered into the springs of the sea?
    Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
    Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Have you comprehended the earth in its width?
    Declare, if you know it all.

“What is the way to the dwelling of light?
    As for darkness, where is its place,
that you should take it to its bound,
    that you should discern the paths to its house?
Surely you know, for you were born then,
    and the number of your days is great!
Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,
    or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
which I have reserved against the time of trouble,
    against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the lightning distributed,
    or the east wind scattered on the earth?

Who has cut a channel for the flood water,
    or the path for the thunder storm,
to cause it to rain on a land where there is no man,
    on the wilderness, in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate ground,
    to cause the tender grass to grow?
Does the rain have a father?
    Or who fathers the drops of dew?
Whose womb did the ice come out of?
    Who has given birth to the gray frost of the sky?
The waters become hard like stone,
    when the surface of the deep is frozen.

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
    or loosen the cords of Orion?
Can you lead the constellations out in their season?
    Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
    Can you establish its dominion over the earth?

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
    That abundance of waters may cover you?
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go?
    Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?
    Or who has given understanding to the mind?
Who can count the clouds by wisdom?
    Or who can pour out the containers of the sky,
when the dust runs into a mass,
    and the clods of earth stick together?

“Can you hunt the prey for the lioness,
    or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
when they crouch in their dens,
    and lie in wait in the thicket?
Who provides for the raven his prey,
    when his young ones cry to God,
    and wander for lack of food?

“Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth?
    Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?
Can you count the months that they fulfill?
    Or do you know the time when they give birth?
They bow themselves. They bear their young.
    They end their labor pains.
Their young ones become strong.
    They grow up in the open field.
    They go out, and don’t return again.

“Who has set the wild donkey free?
    Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
whose home I have made the wilderness,
    and the salt land his dwelling place?
He scorns the tumult of the city,
    neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.
The range of the mountains is his pasture,
    He searches after every green thing.

“Will the wild ox be content to serve you?
    Or will he stay by your feeding trough?
Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness?
    Or will he till the valleys after you?
Will you trust him, because his strength is great?
    Or will you leave to him your labor?
Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed,
    and gather the grain of your threshing floor?

“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly;
    but are they the feathers and plumage of love?
For she leaves her eggs on the earth,
    warms them in the dust,
and forgets that the foot may crush them,
    or that the wild animal may trample them.
She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers.
    Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
because God has deprived her of wisdom,
    neither has he imparted to her understanding.
When she lifts up herself on high,
    she scorns the horse and his rider.

“Have you given the horse might?
    Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
Have you made him to leap as a locust?
    The glory of his snorting is awesome.
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength.
    He goes out to meet the armed men.
He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed,
    neither does he turn back from the sword.
The quiver rattles against him,
    the flashing spear and the javelin.
He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage,
    neither does he stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
As often as the trumpet sounds he snorts, ‘Aha!’
    He smells the battle afar off,
    the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

“Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars,
    and stretches her wings toward the south?
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up,
    and makes his nest on high?
On the cliff he dwells, and makes his home,
    on the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
From there he spies out the prey.
    His eyes see it afar off.
His young ones also suck up blood.
    Where the slain are, there he is.”

Moreover Yahweh answered Job,

“Shall he who argues contend with the Almighty?
    He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Elihu’s Speech, Part 4

Job 36-37

Highlights from this Passage

  • Elihu shows the power of God, his justice, and why he punishes.
  • Elihu shows that the unsearchable wisdom of God is manifest by his works, such as thunder, snow, whirlwinds, and rain.

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Elihu also continued, and said,

“Bear with me a little, and I will show you;
    for I still have something to say on God’s behalf.
I will get my knowledge from afar,
    and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words are not false.
    One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

“Behold, God is mighty, and doesn’t despise anyone.
    He is mighty in strength of understanding.
He doesn’t preserve the life of the wicked,
    but gives justice to the afflicted.
He doesn’t withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
    but with kings on the throne,
    he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
If they are bound in fetters,
    and are taken in the cords of afflictions,
then he shows them their work,
    and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
He also opens their ears to instruction,
    and commands that they return from iniquity.
If they listen and serve him,
    they will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their years in pleasures.
But if they don’t listen, they will perish by the sword;
    they will die without knowledge.

“But those who are godless in heart lay up anger.
    They don’t cry for help when he binds them.
They die in youth.
    Their life perishes among the unclean.
He delivers the afflicted by their affliction,
    and opens their ear in oppression.
Yes, he would have allured you out of distress,
    into a wide place, where there is no restriction.
    That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.

“But you are full of the judgment of the wicked.
    Judgment and justice take hold of you.
Don’t let riches entice you to wrath,
    neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.
Would your wealth sustain you in distress,
    or all the might of your strength?
Don’t desire the night,
    when people are cut off in their place.
Take heed, don’t regard iniquity;
    for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Behold, God is exalted in his power.
    Who is a teacher like him?
Who has prescribed his way for him?
    Or who can say, ‘You have committed unrighteousness?’

“Remember that you magnify his work,
    about which men have sung.
All men have looked on it.
    Man sees it afar off.
Behold, God is great, and we don’t know him.
    The number of his years is unsearchable.
For he draws up the drops of water,
    which distill in rain from his vapor,
which the skies pour down
    and which drop on man abundantly.
Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds,
    and the thunderings of his pavilion?
Behold, he spreads his light around him.
    He covers the bottom of the sea.
For by these he judges the people.
    He gives food in abundance.
He covers his hands with the lightning,
    and commands it to strike the mark.
Its noise tells about him,
    and the livestock also concerning the storm that comes up.

“Yes, at this my heart trembles,
    and is moved out of its place.
Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice,
    the sound that goes out of his mouth.
He sends it out under the whole sky,
    and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
After it a voice roars.
    He thunders with the voice of his majesty.
    He doesn’t hold back anything when his voice is heard.
God thunders marvelously with his voice.
    He does great things, which we can’t comprehend.
For he says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    likewise to the shower of rain,
    and to the showers of his mighty rain.
He seals up the hand of every man,
    that all men whom he has made may know it.
Then the animals take cover,
    and remain in their dens.
Out of its room comes the storm,
    and cold out of the north.
By the breath of God, ice is given,
    and the width of the waters is frozen.
Yes, he loads the thick cloud with moisture.
    He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning.
It is turned around by his guidance,
    that they may do whatever he commands them
    on the surface of the habitable world,
Whether it is for correction, or for his land,
    or for loving kindness, that he causes it to come.

“Listen to this, Job.
    Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God controls them,
    and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the workings of the clouds,
    the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
You whose clothing is warm,
    when the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
Can you, with him, spread out the sky,
    which is strong as a cast metal mirror?
Teach us what we will tell him,
    for we can’t make our case by reason of darkness.
Will it be told him that I would speak?
    Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Now men don’t see the light which is bright in the skies,
    but the wind passes, and clears them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor.
    With God is awesome majesty.
We can’t reach the Almighty.
    He is exalted in power.
    In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.
Therefore men revere him.
    He doesn’t regard any who are wise of heart.”