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Job 36 (New International Reader's Version)

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1 Elihu continued, 2 "Put up with me a little longer. I'll show you I can speak up for God even more. 3 I get my knowledge from far away. I'll announce that the One who made me is fair. 4 You can be sure that my words are true. One who has perfect knowledge is talking to you. 5 "God is mighty, but he doesn't hate people. He's mighty, and he knows exactly what he's going to do. 6 He doesn't keep alive those who are evil. Instead, he gives suffering people their rights. 7 He watches over those who do what is right. He puts them on thrones as if they were kings. He honors them forever. 8 But some people are held by chains. They are tied up with painful ropes. 9 God tells them what they've done. He tells them they've become proud and sinned against him. 10 He makes them listen when he corrects them. He commands them to turn away from the evil things they've done. 11 If they obey him and serve him, they'll enjoy a long and happy life. Things will go well with them. 12 But if they don't listen to him, they'll be killed with swords. They'll die because they didn't want to know anything about him. 13 "Those whose hearts are ungodly are always angry. Even when God puts them in chains, they don't cry out for help. 14 They die while they are still young. They die among the male prostitutes at the temples. 15 But God saves suffering people while they are suffering. He speaks to them while they are hurting. 16 "Job, he wants to take you out of the jaws of trouble. He wants to bring you to a wide and safe place. He'd like to seat you at a table that is loaded with the best food. 17 But now you are loaded down with the punishment sinners will receive. You have been judged fairly. 18 Be careful that no one tempts you with riches. Don't take money from people who want special favors, no matter how much it is. 19 Can your wealth keep you out of trouble? Can all of your mighty efforts keep you going? 20 Don't long for the night to come so you can drag people away from their homes. 21 Be careful not to do what is evil. You seem to like evil better than suffering! 22 "God is honored because he is so powerful. He has no equal as a teacher. 23 Who has told him what he can do? Who has said to him, 'You have done what is wrong'? 24 Remember to thank him for what he's done. People have praised him with their songs. 25 Every human being has seen his work. People can see it from far away. 26 How great God is! We'll never completely understand him. We'll never find out how long he has lived. 27 "He makes mist rise from the water. Then it falls as rain into the streams. 28 The clouds pour down their moisture. Rain showers fall on people everywhere. 29 Who can understand how God spreads out the clouds? Who can explain how he thunders from his home in heaven? 30 See how he scatters his lightning around him! He lights up the deepest parts of the ocean. 31 The rain he sends makes things grow for the nations. He provides them with plenty of food. 32 He holds lightning bolts in his hands. He commands them to strike their marks. 33 His thunder announces that a storm is coming. Even the cattle let us know it's approaching.
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