36 1ELIHU PROCEEDED and said, 2Bear with me and wait a little longer, and I will show you, for I have something still to say on God’s behalf. 3I will bring my knowledge from afar and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words shall not be false; He Who is perfect in knowledge is with you. 5Behold! God is mighty, and yet despises no one nor regards anything as trivial; He is mighty in power of understanding and heart. 6He does not prolong the life of the wicked, but gives the needy and afflicted their right. 7He withdraws not His eyes from the righteous (the upright in right standing with God); but He sets them forever with kings upon the throne, and they are exalted. 8And if they are bound in fetters [of adversity] and held by cords of affliction, 9Then He shows to them [the true character of] their deeds and their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and self-sufficiency]. 10He also opens their ears to instruction and discipline, and commands that they return from iniquity. 11If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy. 12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword [of God’s destructive judgments], and they shall die in ignorance of true knowledge. 13But the godless and profane in heart heap up anger [at the divine discipline]; they do not cry to Him when He binds them [with cords of affliction]. 14They die in youth, and their life perishes among the unclean (those who are sodomites). 15He delivers the afflicted in their affliction and opens their ears [to His voice] in adversity. 16Indeed, God would have allured you out of the mouth of distress into a broad place where there is no situation of perplexity or privation; and that which would be set on your table would be full of fatness. 17But if you [Job] are filled with the judgment of the wicked, judgment and justice will keep hold on you. 18For let not wrath entice you into scorning chastisements; and let not the greatness of the ransom [the suffering, if rightly endured] turn you aside. 19Will your cry be sufficient to keep you from distress, or will all the force of your strength do it? 20Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off from their places; 21Take heed, turn not to iniquity, for this [the iniquity of complaining against God] you have chosen rather than [submission in] affliction. 22Behold, God exalts and does loftily in His power; who is a ruler or a teacher like Him? 23Who has appointed God His way? Or who can say, You have done unrighteousness? 24Remember that [by submission] you magnify God’s work, of which men have sung. 25All men have looked upon God’s work; man may behold it afar off. 26Behold, God is great, and we know Him not! The number of His years is unsearchable. 27For He draws up the drops of water, which distil as rain from His vapor, 28Which the skies pour down and drop abundantly upon [the multitudes of] mankind. 29Not only that, but can anyone understand the spreadings of the clouds or the thunderings of His pavilion? 30Behold, He spreads His lightning against the dark clouds and covers the roots of the sea. 31For by [His clouds] God executes judgment upon the peoples; He gives food in abundance. 32He covers His hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark. 33His thunderings speak [awesomely] concerning Him; the cattle are told of His coming storm.
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