Job 36

Elihu Speaks of God’s Dealings with Men

1Then Elihu continued and said, 2Wait 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.
3I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And I will ascribe b  righteousness to my Maker.
4For truly c  my words are not false;
One who is d  perfect in knowledge is with you.
5Behold, God is mighty but does not e  despise any;
He is f  mighty in strength of understanding.
6“He does not g  keep the wicked alive,
But gives justice to h  the afflicted.
7“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.
8And if they are bound in fetters,
And are caught in the cords of k  affliction,
9Then 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.
11If they hear and serve Him,
They will o  end their days in prosperity
And their years in p  pleasures.
12But if they do not hear, they shall
Lit pass away
perish r  by the sword
And they will s  die without knowledge.
13But the godless in heart lay up anger;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14
Or Their soul dies
They die in youth,
And their life perishes among the u  cult prostitutes.
15He delivers the afflicted in
Lit his
their w  affliction,
And x  opens their ear
Or in adversity
in time of oppression.
16Then 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
fatness.

17But you were full of ab  judgment on the wicked;
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18Beware 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?
20Do not long for af  the night,
When people
Lit go up
vanish in their place.
21Be careful, do ah  not turn to evil,
For you have preferred this to ai  affliction.
22Behold, God is exalted in His power;
Who is a aj  teacher like Him?
23Who has appointed Him His way,
And who has said, ‘ ak  You have done wrong’?

24Remember that you should al  exalt His work,
Of which men have am  sung.
25All men have seen it;
Man beholds from afar.
26Behold, 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
the
Or flood
mist,
28Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
29Can anyone understand the at  spreading of the clouds,
The au  thundering of His
Lit booth
pavilion?
30Behold, 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.
32He covers His hands with the
Lit light
lightning,
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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