"Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's behalf.
I get my knowledge from afar;1 I will ascribe justice to my Maker.2
Be assured that my words are not false;3 one perfect in knowledge4 is with you.5
"God is mighty,6 but does not despise men;7 he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.8
He does not keep the wicked alive9 but gives the afflicted their rights.10
He does not take his eyes off the righteous;11 he enthrones them with kings12 and exalts them forever.13
But if men are bound in chains,14 held fast by cords of affliction,15
he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.16
He makes them listen17 to correction18 and commands them to repent of their evil.19
If they obey and serve him,20 they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity21 and their years in contentment.22
But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword23 and die without knowledge.24
"The godless in heart25 harbor resentment;26 even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.27
They die in their youth,28 among male prostitutes of the shrines.29
But those who suffer30 he delivers in their suffering;31 he speaks32 to them in their affliction.33
"He is wooing34 you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place35 free from restriction,36 to the comfort of your table37 laden with choice food.38
But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked;39 judgment and justice have taken hold of you.40
Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe41 turn you aside.42
Would your wealth43 or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?
Do not long for the night,44 to drag people away from their homes.
Beware of turning to evil,45 which you seem to prefer to affliction.46
"God is exalted in his power.47 Who is a teacher like him?48
Who has prescribed his ways49 for him,50 or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?51
Remember to extol his work,52 which men have praised in song.53
All mankind has seen it;54 men gaze on it from afar.
How great is God--beyond our understanding!55 The number of his years is past finding out.56
"He draws up the drops of water,57 which distill as rain to the streams;58
the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers59 fall on mankind.60
Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders61 from his pavilion?62
See how he scatters his lightning63 about him, bathing the depths of the sea.64
This is the way he governs the nations65 and provides food66 in abundance.67
He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.68
His thunder announces the coming storm;69 even the cattle make known its approach.70