1Elihu continued,2"Job, do you think it's fair for you to say, 'God will clear me of all charges'?3You ask him, 'What good is it for me not to sin? What do I get by not sinning?'4"I'd like to reply to you and to your friends who are with you.5Look up at the heavens. Observe the clouds that are high above you.6If you sin, what does that mean to God? If you sin many times, what does that do to him?7If you do what is right, how does that help him? What does he get from you?8The evil things you do only hurt someone like yourself. The right things you do only help other human beings.9"People cry out when they are beaten down. They beg to be set free from the power of those who are over them.10But no one says, 'Where is the God who made me? He gives us songs even during the night.11He teaches more to us than to wild animals. He makes us wiser than the birds of the air.'12He doesn't answer sinful people when they cry out to him. That's because they are so proud.13In fact, God doesn't listen to their empty cries. The Mighty One doesn't pay any attention to them.14So he certainly won't listen to you. When you say you don't see him, he won't hear you. He won't listen when you state your case to him. He won't pay attention even if you wait for him.15When you say his anger never punishes sin, he won't hear you. He won't listen when you say he doesn't pay any attention to evil.16So you say things that don't mean anything. You use a lot of words, but you don't know what you are talking about."
1Elihu continued,2"Put up with me a little longer. I'll show you I can speak up for God even more.3I get my knowledge from far away. I'll announce that the One who made me is fair.4You can be sure that my words are true. One who has perfect knowledge is talking to you.5"God is mighty, but he doesn't hate people. He's mighty, and he knows exactly what he's going to do.6He doesn't keep alive those who are evil. Instead, he gives suffering people their rights.7He watches over those who do what is right. He puts them on thrones as if they were kings. He honors them forever.8But some people are held by chains. They are tied up with painful ropes.9God tells them what they've done. He tells them they've become proud and sinned against him.10He makes them listen when he corrects them. He commands them to turn away from the evil things they've done.11If they obey him and serve him, they'll enjoy a long and happy life. Things will go well with them.12But 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.13"Those whose hearts are ungodly are always angry. Even when God puts them in chains, they don't cry out for help.14They die while they are still young. They die among the male prostitutes at the temples.15But God saves suffering people while they are suffering. He speaks to them while they are hurting.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.17But now you are loaded down with the punishment sinners will receive. You have been judged fairly.18Be careful that no one tempts you with riches. Don't take money from people who want special favors, no matter how much it is.19Can your wealth keep you out of trouble? Can all of your mighty efforts keep you going?20Don't long for the night to come so you can drag people away from their homes.21Be careful not to do what is evil. You seem to like evil better than suffering!22"God is honored because he is so powerful. He has no equal as a teacher.23Who has told him what he can do? Who has said to him, 'You have done what is wrong'?24Remember to thank him for what he's done. People have praised him with their songs.25Every human being has seen his work. People can see it from far away.26How great God is! We'll never completely understand him. We'll never find out how long he has lived.27"He makes mist rise from the water. Then it falls as rain into the streams.28The clouds pour down their moisture. Rain showers fall on people everywhere.29Who can understand how God spreads out the clouds? Who can explain how he thunders from his home in heaven?30See how he scatters his lightning around him! He lights up the deepest parts of the ocean.31The rain he sends makes things grow for the nations. He provides them with plenty of food.32He holds lightning bolts in his hands. He commands them to strike their marks.33His thunder announces that a storm is coming. Even the cattle let us know it's approaching.
1"When I hear the thunder, my heart pounds. It beats faster inside me.2Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice! Listen to the thunder that comes from him!3He sends his lightning across the sky. It reaches from one end of the earth to the other.4Next comes the sound of his roaring thunder. He thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice fills the air, he doesn't hold anything back.5God's voice thunders in wonderful ways. We'll never understand the great things he does.6He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth.' He tells the rain, 'Pour down your mighty waters.'7He stops everyone from working. He wants them to see his work.8The animals go inside. They remain in their dens.9The storm comes out of its storeroom in the heavens. The cold comes from the driving winds.10The breath of God produces ice. The shallow water freezes over.11He loads the clouds with moisture. He scatters his lightning through them.12He directs the clouds to circle above the surface of the whole earth. They do everything he commands them to do.13He tells the clouds to punish people. Or he brings them to water his earth and show his love.14"Job, listen to me. Stop and think about the wonderful things God does.15Do you know how he controls the clouds? Do you understand how he makes his lightning flash?16Do you know how the clouds stay up in the sky? Do you understand the wonders of the One who has perfect knowledge?17Even your clothes are too hot for you when the land lies quiet under the south wind.18Can you help God spread out the skies? They are as hard as a mirror that's made out of bronze.19"Job, tell us what we should say to God. We can't prepare our case because our minds are dark.20Should he be told that I want to speak? Would any man ask to be destroyed by him?21No one can look at the sun. It's too bright after the wind has swept the skies clean.22Out of the north, God comes in his shining glory. He comes in all of his wonderful majesty.23We can't reach up to the Mighty One. He is lifted high because of his power. Everything he does is fair and right. So he doesn't crush people.24That's why they have respect for him. He cares about all those who are wise."