The Book of Job (WEB)
36: 1Elihu also continued, and said,
36:2"Bear with me a little, and I will show you;
For I still have something to say on God's behalf.
36:3I will get my knowledge from afar,
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
36:4For truly my words are not false.
One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
36:5"Behold, God is mighty, and doesn't despise anyone.
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
36:6He doesn't preserve the life of the wicked,
But gives to the afflicted their right.
36:7He doesn't withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
But with kings on the throne,
He sets them forever, and they are exalted.
36:8If they are bound in fetters,
And are taken in the cords of afflictions,
36:9Then he shows them their work,
And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
36:10He also opens their ears to instruction,
And commands that they return from iniquity.
36:11If they listen and serve him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures.
36:12But if they don't listen, they shall perish by the sword;
They shall die without knowledge.
36:13"But those who are godless in heart lay up anger.
They don't cry for help when he binds them.
36:14They die in youth.
Their life perishes among the unclean.
36:15He delivers the afflicted by their affliction,
And opens their ear in oppression.
36:16Yes, he would have allured you out of distress,
Into a broad place, where there is no restriction.
That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.
36:17"But you are full of the judgment of the wicked.
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
36:18Don't let riches entice you to wrath,
Neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.
36:19Would your wealth sustain you in distress,
Or all the might of your strength?
36:20Don't desire the night,
When people are cut off in their place.
36:21Take heed, don't regard iniquity;
For this you have chosen rather than affliction.
36:22Behold, God is exalted in his power.
Who is a teacher like him?
36:23Who has prescribed his way for him?
Or who can say, 'You have committed unrighteousness?'
36:24"Remember that you magnify his work,
Whereof men have sung.
36:25All men have looked thereon.
Man sees it afar off.
36:26Behold, God is great, and we don't know him.
The number of his years is unsearchable.
36:27For he draws up the drops of water,
Which distill in rain from his vapor,
36:28Which the skies pour down
And drop on man abundantly.
36:29Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds,
And the thunderings of his pavilion?
36:30Behold, he spreads his light around him.
He covers the bottom of the sea.
36:31For by these he judges the people.
He gives food in abundance.
36:32He covers his hands with the lightning,
And commands it to strike the mark.
36:33The noise of it tells about him,
And the cattle also concerning the storm that comes up.
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