Elihu Speaks of God’s Dealings with Men1Then Elihu continued and said, 2“Wait for me a little, and I will show you
That there ▼
▼ Lit are yet words for Godis yet more to be said in God’s behalf.
3“I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And I will ascribe b righteousness to my Maker.
4“For truly c my words are not false;
One who is d perfect in knowledge is with you.
5“Behold, 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.
8“And 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.
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 awayperish 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 histheir w affliction,
And x opens their ear ▼
▼ Or in adversityin 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 foodfatness.
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 cryriches keep you from distress,
Or all the forces of your strength?
20“Do not long for af the night,
When people ▼
▼ Lit go upvanish 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 itsthe ▼
▼ Or floodmist,
28Which 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 boothpavilion?
30“Behold, He spreads His ▼
▼ Lit lightlightning 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 lightlightning,
And ba commands it to strike the mark.
33“Its bb noise declares ▼
▼ Lit concerning HimHis presence;
The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.
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