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Job 37

1Because of this, too, my heart quakes, And leaps from its place.

אאַף־לְזֹאת יֶחֱרַד לִבִּי וְיִתַּר מִמְּקוֹמוֹ׃

2Just listen to the noise of His rumbling, To the sound that comes out of His mouth.

בשִׁמְעוּ שָׁמוֹעַ בְּרֹגֶז קֹלוֹ וְהֶגֶה מִפִּיו יֵצֵא׃

3He lets it loose beneath the entire heavens— His lightning, to the ends of the earth.

גתַּחַת־כָּל־הַשָּׁמַיִם יִשְׁרֵהוּ וְאוֹרוֹ עַל־כַּנְפוֹת הָאָרֶץ׃

4After it, He lets out a roar; He thunders in His majestic voice. No one can find a trace of it by the time His voice is heard.

a-kha-RAV yish-AG KOL yar-AYM b'-KOL g'-o-NO v'-LO y'-ak-VAYM kee yi-sha-MA ko-LO

דאַחֲרָיו יִשְׁאַג־קוֹל יַרְעֵם בְּקוֹל גְּאוֹנוֹ וְלֹא יְעַקְּבֵם כִּי־יִשָּׁמַע קוֹלוֹ׃

37:4   After it, He lets out a roar

In this verse, the majestic voice of God roars, proclaiming His justice and goodness to all creatures. The Divine voice is often described in the Bible as a roar, frequently as an expression of His anger. In ancient Israel, lions were commonly found in the forested areas of the country. The lion is therefore often used as a metaphor in the Bible. Though the lion’s roar is frightening, it serves as a warning to its prey that the lion is present, and clever prey can escape. So too, God communicates with His children to warn them to correct their ways before it is too late.

5Hashem thunders marvelously with His voice; He works wonders that we cannot understand.

היַרְעֵם אֵל בְּקוֹלוֹ נִפְלָאוֹת עֹשֶׂה גְדֹלוֹת וְלֹא נֵדָע׃

6He commands the snow, “Fall to the ground!” And the downpour of rain, His mighty downpour of rain,

וכִּי לַשֶּׁלַג יֹאמַר הֱוֵא אָרֶץ וְגֶשֶׁם מָטָר וְגֶשֶׁם מִטְרוֹת עֻזּוֹ׃

7Is as a sign on every man's hand, That all men may know His doings.

זבְּיַד־כָּל־אָדָם יַחְתּוֹם לָדַעַת כָּל־אַנְשֵׁי מַעֲשֵׂהוּ׃

8Then the beast enters its lair, And remains in its den.

חוַתָּבֹא חַיָּה בְמוֹ־אָרֶב וּבִמְעוֹנֹתֶיהָ תִשְׁכֹּן׃

9The storm wind comes from its chamber, And the cold from the constellations.

טמִן־הַחֶדֶר תָּבוֹא סוּפָה וּמִמְּזָרִים קָרָה׃

10By the breath of Hashem ice is formed, And the expanse of water becomes solid.

ימִנִּשְׁמַת־אֵל יִתֶּן־קָרַח וְרֹחַב מַיִם בְּמוּצָק׃

11He also loads the clouds with moisture And scatters His lightning-clouds.

יאאַף־בְּרִי יַטְרִיחַ עָב יָפִיץ עֲנַן אוֹרוֹ׃

12He keeps turning events by His stratagems, That they might accomplish all that He commands them Throughout the inhabited earth,

יבוְהוּא מְסִבּוֹת מִתְהַפֵּךְ בתחבולתו [בְּתַחְבּוּלֹתָיו] לְפָעֳלָם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֵּם עַל־פְּנֵי תֵבֵל אָרְצָה׃

13Causing each of them to happen to His land, Whether as a scourge or as a blessing.

יגאִם־לְשֵׁבֶט אִם־לְאַרְצוֹ אִם־לְחֶסֶד יַמְצִאֵהוּ׃

14Give ear to this, Iyov; Stop to consider the marvels of Hashem.

ידהַאֲזִינָה זֹּאת אִיּוֹב עֲמֹד וְהִתְבּוֹנֵן נִפְלְאוֹת אֵל׃

15Do you know what charge Hashem lays upon them When His lightning-clouds shine?

טוהֲתֵדַע בְּשׂוּם־אֱלוֹהַּ עֲלֵיהֶם וְהוֹפִיעַ אוֹר עֲנָנוֹ׃

16Do you know the marvels worked upon the expanse of clouds By Him whose understanding is perfect,

טזהֲתֵדַע עַל־מִפְלְשֵׂי־עָב מִפְלְאוֹת תְּמִים דֵּעִים׃

17Why your clothes become hot When the land is becalmed by the south wind?

יזאֲשֶׁר־בְּגָדֶיךָ חַמִּים בְּהַשְׁקִט אֶרֶץ מִדָּרוֹם׃

18Can you help him stretch out the heavens, Firm as a mirror of cast metal?

יחתַּרְקִיעַ עִמּוֹ לִשְׁחָקִים חֲזָקִים כִּרְאִי מוּצָק׃

19Inform us, then, what we may say to Him; We cannot argue because [we are in] darkness.

יטהוֹדִיעֵנוּ מַה־נֹּאמַר לוֹ לֹא־נַעֲרֹךְ מִפְּנֵי־חֹשֶׁךְ׃

20Is anything conveyed to Him when I speak? Can a man say anything when he is confused?

כהַיְסֻפַּר־לוֹ כִּי אֲדַבֵּר אִם־אָמַר אִישׁ כִּי יְבֻלָּע׃

21Now, then, one cannot see the sun, Though it be bright in the heavens, Until the wind comes and clears them [of clouds].

כאוְעַתָּה לֹא רָאוּ אוֹר בָּהִיר הוּא בַּשְּׁחָקִים וְרוּחַ עָבְרָה וַתְּטַהֲרֵם׃

22By the north wind the golden rays emerge; The splendor about Hashem is awesome.

כבמִצָּפוֹן זָהָב יֶאֱתֶה עַל־אֱלוֹהַּ נוֹרָא הוֹד׃

23Shaddai—we cannot attain to Him; He is great in power and justice And abundant in righteousness; He does not torment.

כגשַׁדַּי לֹא־מְצָאנֻהוּ שַׂגִּיא־כֹחַ וּמִשְׁפָּט וְרֹב־צְדָקָה לֹא יְעַנֶּה׃

24Therefore, men are in awe of Him Whom none of the wise can perceive.

כדלָכֵן יְרֵאוּהוּ אֲנָשִׁים לֹא־יִרְאֶה כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב׃