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Job 36 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 Elihu continued, 1 Elihu continued:
2 "Put up with me a little longer. I'll show you I can speak up for God even more. 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 far away. I'll announce that the One who made me is fair. 3 I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.
4 You can be sure that my words are true. One who has perfect knowledge is talking to you. 4 Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 "God is mighty, but he doesn't hate people. He's mighty, and he knows exactly what he's going to do. 5 "God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.
6 He doesn't keep alive those who are evil. Instead, he gives suffering people their rights. 6 He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted 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. 7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.
8 But some people are held by chains. They are tied up with painful ropes. 8 But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,
9 God tells them what they've done. He tells them they've become proud and sinned against him. 9 he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.
10 He makes them listen when he corrects them. He commands them to turn away from the evil things they've done. 10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.
11 If they obey him and serve him, they'll enjoy a long and happy life. Things will go well with them. 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 don't listen to him, they'll be killed with swords. They'll die because they didn't want to know anything about him. 12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.
13 "Those whose hearts are ungodly are always angry. Even when God puts them in chains, they don't cry out for help. 13 "The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.
14 They die while they are still young. They die among the male prostitutes at the temples. 14 They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.
15 But God saves suffering people while they are suffering. He speaks to them while they are hurting. 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
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. 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 But now you are loaded down with the punishment sinners will receive. You have been judged fairly. 17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.
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. 18 Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.
19 Can your wealth keep you out of trouble? Can all of your mighty efforts keep you going? 19 Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?
20 Don't long for the night to come so you can drag people away from their homes. 20 Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.
21 Be careful not to do what is evil. You seem to like evil better than suffering! 21 Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.
22 "God is honored because he is so powerful. He has no equal as a teacher. 22 "God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has told him what he can do? Who has said to him, 'You have done what is wrong'? 23 Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?
24 Remember to thank him for what he's done. People have praised him with their songs. 24 Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song.
25 Every human being has seen his work. People can see it from far away. 25 All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar.
26 How great God is! We'll never completely understand him. We'll never find out how long he has lived. 26 How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.
27 "He makes mist rise from the water. Then it falls as rain into the streams. 27 "He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;
28 The clouds pour down their moisture. Rain showers fall on people everywhere. 28 the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.
29 Who can understand how God spreads out the clouds? Who can explain how he thunders from his home in heaven? 29 Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?
30 See how he scatters his lightning around him! He lights up the deepest parts of the ocean. 30 See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.
31 The rain he sends makes things grow for the nations. He provides them with plenty of food. 31 This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.
32 He holds lightning bolts in his hands. He commands them to strike their marks. 32 He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.
33 His thunder announces that a storm is coming. Even the cattle let us know it's approaching. 33 His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.