And Elihu proceeded and said,
Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet words for God.
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator. a4
For truly my words shall be no falsehood: one perfect b in knowledge is with thee.
Lo, God is mighty, but despiseth not [any]; mighty in strength of understanding: c6
He saveth not the wicked alive; but he doeth justice to the afflicted.
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne doth he even set them for ever; and they are exalted.
And if, bound in fetters, they be held in cords of affliction,
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions, because they have increased. d10
And he openeth their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
If they hearken and serve [him], they shall accomplish their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they hearken not, they shall pass away by the sword, e and expire without knowledge.
But the godless f in heart heap up anger; they cry not when he bindeth them:
Their soul dieth in youth, and their life is among the unclean. g15
But he delivereth the afflicted in his affliction, and openeth their ear in [their] oppression.
Even so would he have allured thee out of the jaws of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and the supply of thy table [would be] full of fatness. h17
But thou art full of the judgments i of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
Because there is wrath, [beware] lest it take thee away through chastisement: then a great ransom could not avail thee.
Will he esteem thy riches? Not gold, nor all the resources of strength!
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off j from their place.
Take heed, turn not to iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
Lo, God is exalted in his power: who teacheth as he?
Who hath appointed him his way? or who hath said, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
Remember that thou magnify his work, which men celebrate.
All men look at it; man k beholdeth [it] afar off.
Lo, God is great, and we comprehend [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
For he draweth up the drops of water: they distil in rain from the vapour which he formeth, l28
Which the skies pour down [and] drop upon man abundantly. m29
But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the crashing of his pavilion?
Lo, he spreadeth his light around him, n and covereth the bottom of the sea. o31
For with them he judgeth the peoples; he giveth food in abundance.
[His] hands he covereth with lightning, and commandeth it where it is to strike. p33
His thundering declareth concerning him; the cattle even, concerning its coming.