Elihu continued speaking:
"Let me go on, and I will show you the truth of what I am saying. For I have not finished defending God!
I will give you many illustrations of the righteousness of my Creator.
I am telling you the honest truth, for I am a man of well-rounded knowledge.
"God is mighty, yet he does not despise anyone! He is mighty in both power and understanding.
He does not let the wicked live but gives justice to the afflicted.
His eyes never leave the innocent, but he establishes and exalts them with kings forever.
If troubles come upon them and they are enslaved and afflicted,
he takes the trouble to show them the reason. He shows them their sins, for they have behaved proudly.
He gets their attention and says they must turn away from evil.
"If they listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.
But if they refuse to listen to him, they will perish in battle and die from lack of understanding.
For the godless are full of resentment. Even when he punishes them, they refuse to cry out to him for help.
They die young after wasting their lives in immoral living.
But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer. For he gets their attention through adversity.
"God has led you away from danger, giving you freedom. You have prospered in a wide and pleasant valley.
But you are too obsessed with judgment on the godless. Don't worry, justice will be upheld.
But watch out, or you may be seduced with wealth. Don't let yourself be bribed into sin.
Could all your wealth and mighty efforts keep you from distress?
Do not long for the cover of night, for that is when people will be destroyed.
Be on guard! Turn back from evil, for it was to prevent you from getting into a life of evil that God sent this suffering.
"Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?
No one can tell him what to do. No one can say to him, 'You have done wrong.'
Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise.
Everyone has seen these things, but only from a distance.
"Look, God is exalted beyond what we can understand. His years are without number.
He draws up the water vapor and then distills it into rain.
The rain pours down from the clouds, and everyone benefits from it.
Can anyone really understand the spreading of the clouds and the thunder that rolls forth from heaven?
See how he spreads the lightning around him and how it lights up the depths of the sea.
By his mighty acts he governs the people, giving them food in abundance.
He fills his hands with lightning bolts. He hurls each at its target.
The thunder announces his presence; the storm announces his indignant anger. a
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)