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Elihu Says God Is Back of the Storm37:1 “At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place.
2 “Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth.
3 “Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 “After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.
5 “God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
6 “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
7 “He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.
8 “Then the beast goes into its lair And remains in its den.
9 “Out of the south comes the storm, And out of the north the cold.
10 “From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
11 “Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
12 “It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.
13 “Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
14 “Listen to this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God.
15 “Do you know how God establishes them, And makes the lightning of His cloud to shine?
16 “Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,
17 You whose garments are hot, When the land is still because of the south wind?
18 “Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?
19 “Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.
20 “Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?
21 “Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 “Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty.
23 “The Almighty--we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.
24 “Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”
God Speaks Now to Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
3 “Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?
6 “On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9 When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop’?
God’s Mighty Power12 “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 “It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.
15 “From the wicked their light is withheld, And the uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 “Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory And that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 “You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle?
24 “Where is the way that the light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
25 “Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,
26 To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,
27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
28 “Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 “From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
30 “Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?
32 “Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?
33 “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?
35 “Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 “Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?
37 “Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
38 When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?
41 “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment When its young cry to God And wander about without food?
God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings39:1 “Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?
2 “Can you count the months they fulfill, Or do you know the time they give birth?
3 “They kneel down, they bring forth their young, They get rid of their labor pains.
4 “Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field; They leave and do not return to them.
5 “Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
6 To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?
7 “He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
8 “He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.
9 “Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?
10 “Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11 “Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?
12 “Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?
13 “The ostriches’ wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love,
14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,
15 And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.
16 “She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;
17 Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.
18 “When she lifts herself on high, She laughs at the horse and his rider.
19 “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20 “Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.
21 “He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons.
22 “He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword.
23 “The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin.
24 “With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
25 “As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’ And he scents the battle from afar, And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.
26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south?
27 “Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?
28 “On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
29 “From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.
30 “His young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he.”
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Praise for the LORD’S Mercies.A Psalm
of David.103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
6 The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.
19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!
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The New Heaven and Earth 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
The New Jerusalem10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.
16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.
17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.
18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;
26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;
27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
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