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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