The description of the storm commenced in the previous chapter and is here completed. There is first the drawing up of the water into the clouds, their spreading over the sky, the strange mutterings of the thunder. Then the flash of light, the darkness which follows, again lightning that strikes the mark, and the cattle are seen to be conscious of the storm. Gradually its violence increases, the thunder is louder, and the lightning more vivid. It is a strange mixture in which the south wind and the north are in conflict, and intermixed with rain is ice. The purpose of the storm may be for correction, for the land, or for mercy.
Elihu appealed to Job to hear it, to consider it, to ask himself if he really knew God. Even in the midst of the storm there is a light which men see not, a golden splendor which is the majesty of God.
Elihu was attempting to use the storm to tell Job of his inability to know God, and, therefore, of the folly of his speech against God. It was a great theme, but Elihu was not equal to it, and was interrupted by the voice of the Most High.
the Second Week after Epiphany