Job 36

Elihu Extols God’s Greatness

And Elihu continued, and said:

“Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
I will get my knowledge from a afar
and ascribe b righteousness to my c Maker.
For truly my words are not false;
one who is d perfect in knowledge is with you.
Behold, God is mighty, and e does not despise any;
he is f mighty in strength of understanding.
He does not keep the wicked alive,
but gives g the afflicted their right.
He does not withdraw his h eyes from the righteous,
but with i kings on the throne
he sets them forever, and they are j exalted.
And if they are k bound in chains
and caught in the cords of affliction,
then he declares to them their work
and their transgressions, that they are l behaving arrogantly.
10 He m opens their ears to instruction
and commands that they n return from iniquity.
11  o If they listen and serve him,
they p complete their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasantness.
12 But if they do not listen, they q perish by the sword
and die r without knowledge.
13  “The s godless in heart cherish anger;
they do not cry for help when he t binds them.
14 They u die in youth,
and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers v the afflicted by their affliction
and w opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distress
into x a broad place where there was no cramping,
and what was set on your y table was full of z fatness.
17  “But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
judgment and justice seize you.
18 Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
and let not the greatness of aa the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your ab cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
or all the force of your strength?
20 Do not long for ac the night,
when peoples vanish ad in their place.
21 Take care; ae do not turn to iniquity,
for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God is exalted in his power;
who is af a teacher like him?
23 Who has ag prescribed for him his way,
or who can say ah ‘You have done wrong’?
24  Remember to ai extol his work,
of which men have aj sung.
25 All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
26 Behold, God is great, and we ak know him not;
the number of his al years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his am mist in an rain,
28 which ao the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand ap the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his aq pavilion?
30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he ar judges peoples;
he gives as food in abundance.
32 He covers his at hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing declares his presence;
Hebrew  declares concerning him

the cattle also declare that he rises.
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