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Job 37

Introduction

1God is to be feared because of his great works.
15His wisdom is unsearchable in them.

Verse 1

At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
4:14; 21:6; 38:1; Exodus 19:16; Psalms 89:7; 119:120; Jeremiah 5:22; Daniel 10:7,8; Habakkuk 3:16; Matthew 28:2-4; Acts 16:26,29
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:33 - trembled very exceedingly;  Exodus 9:23 - the Lord sent;  Job 9:34 - let not;  Job 35:5 - Look;  Psalm 77:18 - voice;  Daniel 10:11 - I stood;  Hosea 11:10 - shall tremble;  Zechariah 10:1 - bright clouds;  Acts 7:32 - Then

Verse 2

Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.
Hear attentively
Heb. Hear in hearing. the noise.
5; 36:29,33; 38:1; Exodus 19:16-19; Psalms 104:7
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:14 - thundered;  Job 13:2 - GeneralPsalm 29:3 - thundereth;  Psalm 148:8 - Fire;  Isaiah 30:30 - his glorious voice;  Jeremiah 10:13 - uttereth;  Jeremiah 51:16 - he uttereth;  Ezekiel 1:24 - as the voice;  Ezekiel 10:5 - the voice;  John 12:29 - thundered;  Acts 7:32 - Then

Verse 3

He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
He
Psalms 77:13; 97:4; Matthew 24:27; Revelation 11:19
lightning
Heb. light. ends. Heb. wings.
38:13; Isaiah 11:12; *marg:
Reciprocal: Job 28:26 - a way;  Job 38:25 - GeneralPsalm 29:7 - flames;  Luke 17:24 - as

Verse 4

After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
a voice
Psalms 29:3-9; 68:33
the voice
Exodus 15:7,8; Deuteronomy 33:26
he will
36:27-33
Reciprocal: Job 40:9 - canst;  Ezekiel 1:24 - as the voice;  Luke 17:24 - as

Verse 5

God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
thundereth
2 Samuel 22:14,15
great
5:9; 9:10; 11:7; 26:14; 36:26; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 40:21,22,28; Romans 11:33; Revelation 15:3
Reciprocal: Job 37:2 - the noise;  Job 40:9 - canst;  Ezekiel 1:24 - as the voice

Verse 6

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
he
38:22; Psalms 147:16-18; 148:8
likewise to the small, etc
Heb. and to the shower of rain, and to the showers of rain of his strength.
36:27
great
Genesis 7:10-12; Ezra 10:9,13; Proverbs 28:3; Ezekiel 13:11,13; Amos 9:6; Matthew 7:25-27
Reciprocal: Job 37:13 - whether;  Psalm 65:9 - visitest;  Acts 14:17 - and gave

Verse 7

He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
He
5:12; 9:7
that
36:24; Psalms 46:8; 64:9; 92:4; 109:27; 111:2; Ecclesiastes 8:17; Isaiah 5:12; 26:11

Verse 8

Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
Psalms 104:22

Verse 9

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.
south
Heb. chamber.
9:9; Psalms 104:3
the whirlwind
38:1; Isaiah 21:1; Zechariah 9:14
north
Heb. scattering winds.
Reciprocal: Psalm 147:16 - scattereth;  Ecclesiastes 1:6 - The wind

Verse 10

By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
38:29,30; Psalms 78:47; 147:16-18
Reciprocal: Psalm 147:18 - GeneralJohn 3:8 - wind

Verse 11

Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
he wearieth
36:27,28
he scattereth
36:30,32; Isaiah 18:4; Matthew 17:5
his bright cloud
Heb. the cloud of his light.
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:6 - Let there;  Genesis 7:4 - For;  Genesis 8:2 - the rain;  Leviticus 26:4 - Then I;  Deuteronomy 11:14 - General2 Chronicles 6:27 - send rain;  Job 7:9 - the cloud;  Job 26:8 - thick clouds;  Job 37:15 - the light;  Isaiah 44:22 - as a thick

Verse 12

And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
it
Psalms 65:9,10; 104:24; Jeremiah 14:22; Joel 2:23; Amos 4:7
that
Psalms 148:8; James 5:17,18; Revelation 11:6
Reciprocal: Genesis 7:4 - For;  Psalm 147:15 - sendeth

Verse 13

He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
whether
6; 36:31; 38:37,38; Exodus 9:18-25; 1 Samuel 12:18,19; Ezra 10:9
correction
Heb. a rod. for his.
38:26,27
for mercy
2 Samuel 21:10,14; 1 Kings 18:45; Joel 2:23
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 51:16 - there is;  Amos 5:8 - that calleth

Verse 14

Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
stand
Exodus 14:13; Psalms 46:10; Habakkuk 2:20
consider
26:6-14; 36:24; Psalms 111:2; 145:5,6,10-12
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:3 - GeneralJob 38:1 - GeneralEcclesiastes 7:13 - Consider

Verse 15

Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
Dost
28:24-27; 34:13; 38:4-41; Psalms 119:90,91; Isaiah 40:26
the light
11; 36:30-32; 38:24,25

Verse 16

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
the balancings
26:8; 36:29; Psalms 104:2,3; Isaiah 40:22; Jeremiah 10:13
perfect
36:4; Psalms 104:24; 147:5; Proverbs 3:19,20; Jeremiah 10:12
Reciprocal: Job 35:5 - the clouds;  John 3:8 - wind

Verse 17

How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?
he
6:17; 38:31; Psalms 147:18; Luke 12:55
Reciprocal: Ecclesiastes 1:6 - The wind;  John 3:8 - wind;  Acts 27:13 - the south

Verse 18

Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
spread
9:8,9; Genesis 1:6-8; Psalms 104:2; 148:4-6; 150:1; Proverbs 8:27; Isaiah 40:12,22; Isaiah 44:24
as
Exodus 38:8
Reciprocal: Psalm 136:6 - GeneralIsaiah 48:13 - my right hand hath spanned;  Isaiah 51:13 - that hath

Verse 19

Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
Teach
12:3; 13:3,6
we
26:14; 28:20,21; 38:2; 42:3; Psalms 73:16,17,22; 139:6; Proverbs 30:2-4; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2
Reciprocal: Job 6:3 - my words are swallowed up;  Job 23:4 - order;  Job 37:23 - we;  Psalm 40:5 - they cannot;  Romans 11:33 - how

Verse 20

Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
Shall it
Psalms 139:4; Matthew 12:36,37
surely
6:3; 11:7,8
Reciprocal: Job 39:24 - He swalloweth;  Psalm 40:5 - they cannot;  Psalm 107:27 - are at their wit's end

Verse 21

And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
26:9; 36:32; 38:25
Reciprocal: John 3:8 - wind

Verse 22

Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
Fair
Heb. Gold weather.
Proverbs 25:23
with
40:10; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalms 29:4; 66:5; 68:7,8; 76:12; 93:1; 104:1; 145:5; Isaiah 2:10,19; Micah 5:4; Nahum 1:3; Habakkuk 3:3-19; Hebrews 1:3; 12:29; Jude 1:25
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:17 - a great;  Nehemiah 4:14 - great;  Job 35:5 - Look;  Ezekiel 1:18 - they were so;  Ezekiel 1:22 - the likeness;  Hebrews 8:1 - the Majesty

Verse 23

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
we
19; 11:7; 26:14; 36:26; Proverbs 30:3,4; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Luke 10:22; Romans 11:33; 1 Timothy 6:16
excellent
9:4,19; 12:13; 36:5; Psalms 62:11; 65:6; 66:3; 93:1; 99:4; 146:6,7; Isaiah 45:21; Matthew 6:13
in judgment
Psalms 36:5-7
he will
16:7-17; Psalms 30:5; Lamentations 3:32,33; Hebrews 12:10
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:17 - a great;  Job 9:10 - great things;  Job 33:23 - to;  Job 34:10 - far;  Job 35:5 - Look;  Psalm 36:6 - judgments;  Psalm 59:16 - But;  Ecclesiastes 11:5 - even;  Isaiah 28:29 - cometh;  Jeremiah 10:7 - would;  2 Corinthians 9:1 - touching

Verse 24

Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
fear
Psalms 130:4; Jeremiah 32:39; 33:9; Hosea 3:5; Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4,5; Romans 2:4; Romans 11:20-22
he
5:13; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Isaiah 5:21; Matthew 11:25,26; Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 1:26; 3:19 Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 33:9 - I have not;  Ecclesiastes 3:7 - and a time to speak;  Jeremiah 10:7 - would;  Colossians 3:25 - and

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 37". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/job-37.html.