37:1 At this also my heart a trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
(a) At the marvelling of the thunder and
lightnings: by which he declares that the faithful are lively touched with the
majesty of God, when they behold his works.
37:2 Hear attentively the b
noise of his voice, and the sound [that] goeth out of his mouth.
(b) That is the thunder, by which he speaks to
men to waken their dullness, and to bring them to the consideration of his
37:4 After it a voice roareth:
he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay c
them when his voice is heard.
(c) Meaning, the rains and thunders.
37:6 For he saith to the
snow, Be thou [on] the earth; d likewise
to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
(d) So that neither small rain nor great, snow
nor anything else comes without God's appointment.
37:7 He e
sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
(e) By rains and thunders God causes men to keep
themselves within their houses.
37:9 Out of the south cometh
the whirlwind: and cold out of the f
(f) In Hebrew it is called the scattering wind,
because it drives away the clouds and purges the air.
37:10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the
breadth of the waters g is straitened.
(g) That is, frozen up and dried.
37:11 Also by watering he h
wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his i
(h) Gather the vapours and move to and fro to
water the earth.
(i) That is, the cloud that has lightning in it.
37:13 He causeth it to
come, whether for k correction, or for
his land, or for mercy.
(k) Rain, cold, heat, tempests and such like are
sent from God, either to punish man, or to profit the earth, or to declare his
favour toward man, as in (Job
37:15 Dost thou know when
God disposed them, and caused the l
light of his cloud to shine?
(l) That is, the lightning to break forth in the
37:16 Dost thou know the m
balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in
(m) Which is sometimes changed into rain, or
snow, hail or such like.
37:17 How thy garments [are] n
warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south [wind]?
(n) Why your clothes should keep you warm when
the south wind blows rather than when any other wind blows?
37:18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky,
[which is] strong, [and] as a molten looking o
(o) For the clearness.
37:19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; [for]
we cannot order [our speech] by reason of p
(p) That is, our ignorance: signifying that Job
was so presumptuous, that he would control the works of God.
37:20 Shall it be q
told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
(q) Has God need that any should tell him when
man murmurs against him?
37:21 And now [men] see not the bright light s
which [is] in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
(s) The cloud stops the shining of the sun, that
man cannot see it till the wind has chased away the cloud: and if man is not
able to attain to the knowledge of these things, how much less God's
Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God [is] terrible majesty.
(t) In Hebrew, gold, meaning fair weather and
clear as gold.
37:23 [Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him
out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he
will not u afflict.
(u) Meaning, without cause.