2“Bear with me a little, and I will show you
that there is more to say on God’s behalf.
3I may search far and wide for my arguments,
but I will ascribe righteousness to God my maker.
4For the fact is that my words are true;
you have with you a man whose views are pure.
5“Look, God is powerful and despises no one,
powerful in his strength of understanding.
6He does not preserve the lives of the wicked,
but he gives justice to the poor.
7He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous;
but when he sets kings on their throne forever,
they may become proud;
8if, then, they are bound in chains,
held in oppressive cords,
9he shows them the results of their doings,
the crimes caused by their pride.
10He sounds a warning in their ears
and orders them to repent of their evil.
11“If they pay attention and obey him,
they spend their days in prosperity;
their years pass pleasantly.
12But if they don’t pay attention,
they perish by the sword
and die without learning their lesson.
13The godless in heart cherish their anger,
not crying for help when he binds them.
14Their soul perishes in their youth,
and their life becomes depraved.
15“God, with his affliction,
delivers the afflicted;
and he gets their attention
by pressing on them.
16Indeed [Iyov], he is drawing you
away from distress
to an untroubled open place,
with rich food on your table.
17But the judgment on the wicked
applies fully to you,
judgment and condemnation
take hold [of them].
18For beware of wrath
when abundance entices you;
don’t let a big bribe
turn you aside.
19Will your great wealth help you?
or all your efforts, no matter how strong?
20Don’t desire the night,
when people suddenly die.
21Be careful; turn away from wrongdoing;
for because of this, you have been tested by affliction.
22“Look, God is exalted in his strength;
who is a teacher like him?
23Who ever prescribed his course for him?
Who ever said, ‘What you are doing is wrong’?
24Remember, rather, to magnify his work,
of which many have sung.
25Everyone has seen it,
[but] humans see it [only] from a distance.
26Look, God is great, beyond what we can know;
the number of his years is uncountable.
27“He makes the droplets of water,
which condense into rain from his mist.
28The clouds pour it down
upon humankind in abundance.
29Can anyone fathom the spreading of the clouds,
or the crashes that come from his canopy?
30See how he scatters his lightning over it
and covers the roots of the sea.
31By these things he judges the people
and also gives food in plenty.
32He gathers the lightning into his hands
and commands it to strike the target.
33Its crashing announces its presence
and apprises the cattle of what is coming.