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II Samuel 10-14
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Books of Poetry
II Corinthians 6-8
"At this also my heart trembles, and leaps out of its place.
Hearken to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things which we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth'; and to the shower and the rain, 'Be strong.'
He seals up the hand of every man, that all men may know his work.
Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn round and round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction, or for his land, or for love, he causes it to happen.
"Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays his command upon them, and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a molten mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
"And now men cannot look on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with terrible majesty.
The Almighty--we cannot find him; he is great in power and justice, and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit."
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements--surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
"Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth from the womb;
when I made clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors,
and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?
"Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
It is changed like clay under the seal, and it is dyed like a garment.
From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
"Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness,
that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?
You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
"Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?
What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
"Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man;
to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?
"Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven?
The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
"Can you bind the chains of the Plei'ades, or loose the cords of Orion?
Can you lead forth the Maz'zaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, 'Here we are'?
Who has put wisdom in the clouds, or given understanding to the mists?
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cleave fast together?
"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert?
Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?
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