Elihu Extols God's Greatness

1 And Elihu continued, and said:

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      2 "Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God's behalf.
      3 I will get my knowledge from 1afar and ascribe 2righteousness to my 3Maker.

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      4 For truly my words are not false; one who is 4perfect in knowledge is with you.

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      5 "Behold, God is mighty, and 5does not despise any; he is 6mighty in strength of understanding.

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      6 He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives 7the afflicted their right.

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          7 He does not withdraw his 8eyes from the righteous, but with 9kings on the throne he sets them forever, and they are 10exalted.

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          8 And if they are 11bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction,

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          9 then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are 12behaving arrogantly.

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          10 He 13opens their ears to instruction and commands that they 14return from iniquity.

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          11 15If they listen and serve him, they 16complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.

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              12 But if they do not listen, they 17perish by the sword and die 18without knowledge.

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              13 "The 19godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he 20binds them.

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                  14 They 21die in youth, and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.

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                  15 He delivers 22the afflicted by their affliction and 23opens their ear by adversity.

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                      16 He also allured you out of distress into 24a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your 25table was full of 26fatness.

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                      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 27the ransom turn you aside.

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                      19 Will your 28cry for help avail to keep you from distress, or all the force of your strength?

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                      20 Do not long for 29the night, when peoples vanish 30in their place.

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                      21 Take care; 31do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

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                      22 Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is 32a teacher like him?

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                      23 Who has 33prescribed for him his way, or who can say, 34'You have done wrong'?

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                      24 "Remember to 35extol his work, of which men have 36sung.

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                      25 All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.
                      26 Behold, God is great, and we 37know him not; the number of his 38years is unsearchable.

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                      27 For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his 39mist in 40rain,

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                      28 which 41the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.

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                      29 Can anyone understand 42the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his 43pavilion?

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                      30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the sea.
                      31 For by these he 44judges peoples; he gives 45food in abundance.
                      32 He covers his 46hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

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                      33 Its crashing declares his presence;a the cattle also declare that he rises.

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                        • ² 36:33 - Hebrew declares concerning him