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Job 36

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