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; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

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4 Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.

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5 “God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.

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

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

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8 But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,

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

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10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

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

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

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    • ž 36:12 - Or "will cross the river"
      13 “The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.

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

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      15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.

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      16 “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

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

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

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      19 Would your wealth 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, to drag people away from their homes.b

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

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          22 “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

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          23 Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’?

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          24 Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song.

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          25 All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar.

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

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

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

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

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              30 See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.
              31 This is the way he governsd the nations and provides food in abundance.

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

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

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