Job 35; Job 36; Job 37

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Job 35

1 Elihu continued to speak [to Job and his friends],
2 "Do you think this is right when you say, 'My case is more just than God's,'
3 when you ask, 'What benefit is it to you?' and, 'What would I gain by sinning?'
4 I will answer you and your friends.
5 "Look at the heavens and see. Observe the clouds high above you.
6 If you've sinned, what effect can you have on God? If you've done many wrongs, what can you do to him?
7 If you're righteous, what can you give him, or what can he get from you?
8 Your wickedness affects only someone like yourself. Your righteousness affects only the descendants of Adam.
9 The weight of oppression makes them cry out. The power of mighty people makes them call for help.
10 But no one asks, 'Where is God, my Creator, who inspires songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than he teaches the animals of the earth, who makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?'
12 Then they cry out, but he doesn't answer them because of the arrogance of [those] evil people.
13 "Surely, God doesn't listen to idle complaints. The Almighty doesn't even pay attention to them.
14 Although you say that you pay attention to him, your case is in front of him, but you'll have to wait for him.
15 And now [you say] that his anger doesn't punish [anyone] and he isn't too concerned about evil.
16 Job opens his mouth for no good reason and talks a lot without having any knowledge."
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Job 36

1 Elihu continued to speak [to Job],
2 "Be patient with me a little longer, and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's defense.
3 I will get my knowledge from far away and prove that my Creator is fair.
4 Certainly, my words are not lies. The one who knows everything is [speaking] with you.
5 "Certainly, God is mighty. He doesn't despise anyone. He is mighty and brave.
6 He doesn't allow the wicked person to live. He grants justice to those who are oppressed.
7 He doesn't take his eyes off righteous people. He seats them on thrones with kings to honor them forever.
8 However, if righteous people are bound in chains and tangled in ropes of misery,
9 he tells them what they've done wrong and that they've behaved arrogantly.
10 He makes them listen to his warning and orders them to turn away from wrong.
11 "If righteous people listen and serve [him], they will live out their days in prosperity and their years in comfort.
12 But if they don't listen, they will cross the River [of Death] and die like those who have no knowledge.
13 But those who have godless hearts remain angry. They don't even call for help when he chains them up.
14 They die while they're young, or they live on as male prostitutes in the temples of idols.
15 He rescues suffering people through their suffering, and he opens their ears through distress.
16 "Yes, he lured you away from the jaws of trouble into an open area where you were not restrained, and your table was covered with rich foods.
17 But you are given the judgment evil people deserve. A fair judgment will be upheld.
18 Be careful that you are not led astray with riches. Don't let a large bribe turn you [to evil ways].
19 Will your riches save you from having to suffer? Will all your mighty strength help you?
20 Don't look forward to the night, when people disappear from their places.
21 Be careful! Don't turn to evil, because you have chosen evil instead of suffering.
22 "God does great things by his power. Is there any teacher like him?
23 Who can tell him which way he should go? Who can say to him, 'You did wrong'?
24 Remember that you should praise his work. People have sung about it.
25 Every person has seen it. Mortals have looked at it from a distance.
26 "Certainly, God is so great that he is beyond our understanding. The number of his years cannot be counted.
27 He collects drops of water. He distills rain from his mist,
28 which then drips from the clouds. It pours down on many people.
29 Can anyone really understand how clouds spread out or how he thunders from his dwelling place?
30 Look, he scatters his flashes of lightning around him and covers the depths of the sea.
31 This is how he uses the rains to provide for people and to give them more than enough food.
32 He fills his hands with lightning and orders it to hit the target.
33 The thunder announces his coming. The storm announces his angry wrath.
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Job 37

1 "My heart pounds because of this and jumps out of its place.
2 Listen! Listen to the roar of God's voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 He flashes his lightning everywhere under heaven. His light flashes to the ends of the earth.
4 It is followed by the roar of his voice. He thunders with his majestic voice. He doesn't hold the lightning back when his thunder is heard.
5 God's voice thunders in miraculous ways. It does great things that we cannot understand.
6 "He says to the snow, 'Fall to the ground,' and to the pouring rain, 'Rain harder!'
7 He makes it impossible to do anything so that people will recognize his work.
8 Animals go into their dens and stay in their lairs.
9 A storm comes out of its chamber. It is cold because of the strong winds.
10 God's breath produces ice, and the seas freeze over.
11 Yes, he loads the thick clouds with moisture and scatters his lightning from the clouds.
12 He guides the clouds as they churn round and round over the face of the inhabited earth to do everything he orders them.
13 Whether for discipline, or for [the good of] his earth, or out of mercy, he makes the storm appear.
14 "Open your ears to this, Job. Stop and consider God's miracles.
15 Do you know how God controls them and makes the lightning flash from his clouds?
16 Do you know how the clouds drift (these are the miracles of the one who knows everything),
17 you whose clothes are hot and sweaty, when the earth is calm under a south wind?
18 Can you stretch out the skies with him and make them as firm as a mirror made of metal?
19 Teach us what we should say to him. We are unable to prepare [a case] because of darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Can a person speak when he is confused?
21 People can't look at the sun when it's bright among the clouds or after the wind has blown and cleared those clouds away.
22 A golden light comes from the north. A terrifying majesty is around God.
23 The Almighty, whom we can't reach, is great in power and judgment, has more than enough righteousness, and does not oppress.
24 That is why people should fear him. He does not respect those who think they're wise."
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