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Job 36 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Here Elihu took a deep breath, but kept going: 1 Elihu continued:
2 "Stay with me a little longer. I'll convince you. There's still more to be said on God's side. 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 learned all this firsthand from the Source; everything I know about justice I owe to my Maker himself. 3 I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.
4 Trust me, I'm giving you undiluted truth; believe me, I know these things inside and out. 4 Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 "It's true that God is all-powerful, but he doesn't bully innocent people. 5 "God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.
6 For the wicked, though, it's a different story - he doesn't give them the time of day, but champions the rights of their victims. 6 He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.
7 He never takes his eyes off the righteous; he honors them lavishly, promotes them endlessly. 7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.
8 When things go badly, when affliction and suffering descend, 8 But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,
9 God tells them where they've gone wrong, shows them how their pride has caused their trouble. 9 he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.
10 He forces them to heed his warning, tells them they must repent of their bad life. 10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.
11 If they obey and serve him, they'll have a good, long life on easy street. 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
12 But if they disobey, they'll be cut down in their prime and never know the first thing about life. 12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.
13 Angry people without God pile grievance upon grievance, always blaming others for their troubles. 13 "The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.
14 Living it up in sexual excesses, virility wasted, they die young. 14 They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.
15 But those who learn from their suffering, God delivers from their suffering. Obsessed with Putting the Blame on God 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
16 "Oh, Job, don't you see how God's wooing you from the jaws of danger? How he's drawing you into wide-open places - inviting you to feast at a table laden with blessings? 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.
17 And here you are laden with the guilt of the wicked, obsessed with putting the blame on God! 17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.
18 Don't let your great riches mislead you; don't think you can bribe your way out of this. 18 Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.
19 Did you plan to buy your way out of this? Not on your life! 19 Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?
20 And don't think that night, when people sleep off their troubles, will bring you any relief. 20 Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.
21 Above all, don't make things worse with more evil - that's what's behind your suffering as it is! 21 Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.
22 "Do you have any idea how powerful God is? Have you ever heard of a teacher like him? 22 "God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?
23 Has anyone ever had to tell him what to do, or correct him, saying, 'You did that all wrong!'? 23 Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?
24 Remember, then, to praise his workmanship, which is so often celebrated in song. 24 Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song.
25 Everybody sees it; nobody is too far away to see it. No One Can Escape from God 25 All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar.
26 "Take a long, hard look. See how great he is - infinite, greater than anything you could ever imagine or figure out! 26 How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.
27 "He pulls water up out of the sea, distills it, and fills up his rain-cloud cisterns. 27 "He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;
28 Then the skies open up and pour out soaking showers on everyone. 28 the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.
29 Does anyone have the slightest idea how this happens? How he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder? 29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?
30 Just look at that lightning, his sky-filling light show illumining the dark depths of the sea! 30 See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.
31 These are the symbols of his sovereignty, his generosity, his loving care. 31 This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.
32 He hurls arrows of light, taking sure and accurate aim. 32 He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.
33 The High God roars in the thunder, angry against evil. 33 His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.