Elihu Speaks of God's Dealings with Men

1 Then Elihu continued and said,
2 "Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God's behalf.
3 "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe 1righteousness to my Maker.
4 "For truly 2my words are not false; One who is 3perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 "Behold, God is mighty but does not 4despise any; He is 5mighty in strength of understanding.
6 "He does not 6keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to 7the afflicted.
7 "He does not 8withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But 9with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
8 "And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of 10affliction,
9 Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have 11magnified themselves.
10 "12He opens their ear to instruction, And 13commands that they return from evil.
11 "If they hear and serve Him, They will 14end their days in prosperity And their years in 15pleasures.
12 "But if they do not hear, they shall perish 16by the sword And they will 17die without knowledge.
13 "But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14 "They die in youth, And their life perishes among the 18cult prostitutes.
15 "He delivers the afflicted in their 19affliction, And 20opens their ear in time of oppression.
16 "Then indeed, He 21enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.
17 "But you were full of 22judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 "Beware that 23wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the 24ransom turn you aside.
19 "Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?
20 "Do not long for 25the night, When people vanish in their place.
21 "Be careful, do 26not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to 27affliction.
22 "Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a 28teacher like Him?
23 "Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, '29You have done wrong '?
24 "Remember that you should 30exalt His work, Of which men have 31sung.
25 "All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar.
26 "Behold, God is 32exalted, and 33we do not know Him; The 34number of His years is unsearchable *.
27 "For 35He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,
28 Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
29 "Can anyone understand the 36spreading of the clouds, The 37thundering of His pavilion?
30 "Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.
31 "For by these He 38judges peoples; He 39gives food in abundance.
32 "He covers His hands with the lightning, And 40commands it to strike the mark.
33 "Its 41noise declares His presence; The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.