Job 36
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1Elihu continued:1Elihu also proceeded, and said,
2"Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's behalf.2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
5"God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
7He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13"The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
14They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
16"He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
17But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
18Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
19Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22"God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?22Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?23Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song.24Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
25All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar.25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.26Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;27For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
28the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.28Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
29Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?29Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
30See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.30Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.31For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.32With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.33The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
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