Then Elihu continued, saying:
Be patient with me a little longer, and I will inform you, for there is still more to be said on God's behalf.
I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For my arguments are without flaw;a one who has perfect knowledge is with you.b5
Yes, God is mighty, but He despises [no one]; He understands all things.cd6
He does not keep the wicked alive, but He gives justice to the afflicted.
He does not remove His gaze from the righteous, but He seats them forever with enthroned kings, and they are exalted.
If people are bound with chains and trapped by the cords of affliction,
God tells them what they have done and how arrogantly they have transgressed.
He opens their ears to correction and insists they repent from iniquity.
If they serve Him obediently, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in happiness.e12
But if they do not obey, they will cross the river [of death]fg and die without knowledge.h13
Those who have a godless heart harbor anger; even when God binds them, they do not cry for help.
They die in their youth; their life [ends] among male cult prostitutes.i15
God rescues the afflicted by afflicting them; He instructs them by means of their torment.
Indeed, He lured you from the jawsj of distress to a spacious and unconfined place. Your table was spread with choice food.
Yet [now] you are obsessed with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have seized you.
Be careful that no one lures you with riches;k do not let a large ransoml lead you astray.m19
Can your wealthn or all [your] physical exertion keep [you] from distress?o20
Do not long for the night when nations will disappear from their places.
Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested byp affliction.
Look, God shows Himself exalted by His power. Who is a teacher like Him?
Who has appointed His way for Him, and who has declared, "You have done wrong"?q24
Remember that you should praise His work, which people have sung about.r25
All mankind has seen it; people have looked at it from a distance.s26
Look, God is exalted beyond our knowledge; the number of His years cannot be counted.t27
For He makes waterdrops evaporate;u they distill the rain into itsv mist,
which the clouds pour out and shower abundantly on mankind.w29
Can anyone understand how the clouds spread out or how the thunder roars from God's pavilion?x30
Look, He spreads His lightning around Him and covers the depths of the sea.y31
For He judges the nations with these; He gives food in abundance.z32
He covers [His] hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.
Theaa thunder declares His presence;bb the cattle also, the approaching [storm].