Job 36 NIV

1 Elihu continued:
2 "Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's behalf.
3 I get my knowledge from afar;1 I will ascribe justice to my Maker.2

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4 Be assured that my words are not false;3 one perfect in knowledge4 is with you.5

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5 "God is mighty,6 but does not despise men;7 he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.8

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6 He does not keep the wicked alive9 but gives the afflicted their rights.10

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7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous;11 he enthrones them with kings12 and exalts them forever.13

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8 But if men are bound in chains,14 held fast by cords of affliction,15

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9 he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.16

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10 He makes them listen17 to correction18 and commands them to repent of their evil.19

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11 If they obey and serve him,20 they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity21 and their years in contentment.22

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12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sworda23 and die without knowledge.24

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    • a 36:12 - Or "will cross the River"
      13 "The godless in heart25 harbor resentment;26 even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.27

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      14 They die in their youth,28 among male prostitutes of the shrines.29

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      15 But those who suffer30 he delivers in their suffering;31 he speaks32 to them in their affliction.33

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      16 "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

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      17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked;39 judgment and justice have taken hold of you.40

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      18 Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe41 turn you aside.42

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      19 Would your wealth43 or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?

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      20 Do not long for the night,44 to drag people away from their homes.b

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        • b 36:20 - The meaning of the Hebrew for verses 18-20 is uncertain.
          21 Beware of turning to evil,45 which you seem to prefer to affliction.46

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          22 "God is exalted in his power.47 Who is a teacher like him?48

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          23 Who has prescribed his ways49 for him,50 or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?51

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          24 Remember to extol his work,52 which men have praised in song.53

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          25 All mankind has seen it;54 men gaze on it from afar.

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          26 How great is God--beyond our understanding!55 The number of his years is past finding out.56

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          27 "He draws up the drops of water,57 which distill as rain to the streamsc;58

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            • c 36:27 - Or "distill from the mist as rain"
              28 the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers59 fall on mankind.60

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              29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders61 from his pavilion?62

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              30 See how he scatters his lightning63 about him, bathing the depths of the sea.64
              31 This is the way he governsd the nations65 and provides food66 in abundance.67

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              32 He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.68

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              33 His thunder announces the coming storm;69 even the cattle make known its approach.e70

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                • e 36:33 - Or "announces his coming-- / the One zealous against evil"