Job 36

Elihu Speaks of God’s Dealings with Men

Then Elihu continued and said, Wait for me a little, and I will show you
That there
Lit are yet words for God
is yet more to be said in God’s behalf.
I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And I will ascribe b righteousness to my Maker.
For truly c my words are not false;
One who is d perfect in knowledge is with you.
Behold, God is mighty but does not e despise any;
He is f mighty in strength of understanding.
“He does not g keep the wicked alive,
But gives justice to h the afflicted.
“He does not i withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But j with kings on the throne
He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
And if they are bound in fetters,
And are caught in the cords of k affliction,
Then He declares to them their work
And their transgressions, that they have l magnified themselves.
10  m He opens their ear to instruction,
And n commands that they return from evil.
11 If they hear and serve Him,
They will o end their days in prosperity
And their years in p pleasures.
12 But if they do not hear, they shall
Lit pass away
perish r by the sword
And they will s die without knowledge.
13 But the godless in heart lay up anger;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
Or Their soul dies
They die in youth,
And their life perishes among the u cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers the afflicted in
Lit his
their w affliction,
And x opens their ear
Or in adversity
in time of oppression.
16 Then indeed, He z enticed you from the mouth of distress,
Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint;
And that which was set on your table was full of
Or rich food

17 But you were full of ab judgment on the wicked;
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Beware that ac wrath does not entice you to scoffing;
And do not let the greatness of the ad ransom turn you aside.
19 “Will your
Or cry
riches keep you from distress,
Or all the forces of your strength?
20 Do not long for af the night,
When people
Lit go up
vanish in their place.
21 Be careful, do ah not turn to evil,
For you have preferred this to ai affliction.
22 Behold, God is exalted in His power;
Who is a aj teacher like Him?
23 Who has appointed Him His way,
And who has said, ‘ ak You have done wrong’?

24 Remember that you should al exalt His work,
Of which men have am sung.
25 All men have seen it;
Man beholds from afar.
26 Behold, God is an exalted, and ao we do not know Him;
The ap number of His years is unsearchable.
27 “For aq He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from
Lit its
Or flood
28 Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the at spreading of the clouds,
The au thundering of His
Lit booth
30 Behold, He spreads His
Lit light
lightning about Him,
And He covers the depths of the sea.
31 “For by these He ax judges peoples;
He ay gives food in abundance.
32 He covers His hands with the
Lit light
And ba commands it to strike the mark.
33 “Its bb noise declares
Lit concerning Him
His presence;
The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

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