Job 36 NAS

Elihu Speaks of God's Dealings with Men

1 Then Elihu continued and said,

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      2 "Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there ais yet more to be said in God's behalf.

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        • ǻ 36:2 - Lit "are yet words for God"
          3 "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe 1righteousness to my Maker.

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          4 "For truly 2my words are not false; One who is 3perfect in knowledge is with you.

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          5 "Behold, God is mighty but does not 4despise any; He is 5mighty in strength of understanding.

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          6 "He does not 6keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to 7the afflicted.

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          7 "He does not 8withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But 9with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.

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          8 "And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of 10affliction,

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          9 Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have 11magnified themselves.

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          10 "12He opens their ear to instruction, And 13commands that they return from evil.

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          11 "If they hear and serve Him, They will 14end their days in prosperity And their years in 15pleasures.

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          12 "But if they do not hear, they shall bperish 16by the sword And they will 17die without knowledge.

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            • Ǽ 36:12 - Lit "pass away"
              13 "But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
              14 "cThey die in youth, And their life perishes among the 18cult prostitutes.

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                • ǽ 36:14 - Or "Their soul dies"
                  15 "He delivers the afflicted in dtheir 19affliction, And 20opens their ear ein time of oppression.

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                    • Ǿ 36:15 - Lit "his"
                    • ǿ 36:15 - Or "in adversity"
                      16 "Then indeed, He 21enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of ffatness.

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                        • Ȁ 36:16 - Or "rich food"
                          17 "But you were full of 22judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.

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                          18 "Beware that 23wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the 24ransom turn you aside.

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                          19 "Will your griches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?

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                              20 "Do not long for 25the night, When people hvanish in their place.

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                              21 "Be careful, do 26not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to 27affliction.

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                              22 "Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a 28teacher like Him?

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                              23 "Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, '29You have done wrong '?

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                              24 "Remember that you should 30exalt His work, Of which men have 31sung.

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                              25 "All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar.
                              26 "Behold, God is 32exalted, and 33we do not know Him; The 34number of His years is unsearchable *.

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                              27 "For 35He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from ithe jmist,

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                                  28 Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
                                  29 "Can anyone understand the 36spreading of the clouds, The 37thundering of His kpavilion?

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                                  30 "Behold, He spreads His llightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.

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                                      31 "For by these He 38judges peoples; He 39gives food in abundance.

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                                      32 "He covers His hands with the mlightning, And 40commands it to strike the mark.

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                                      33 "Its 41noise declares nHis presence; The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

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                                        • Ȉ 36:33 - Lit "concerning Him"