Job 36

Job 36

Elihu Extols God’s Greatness
1And Elihu continued, and said:
2“Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
3I will get my knowledge from #[Ps. 78:2] afar
and ascribe #[Rev. 15:3, 4; 16:5, 7; 19:1, 2] righteousness to my #ch. 35:10Maker.
4For truly my words are not false;
one who is #ch. 37:16perfect in knowledge is with you.
5“Behold, God is mighty, and #ch. 8:20 (Heb.); [Ps. 138:6] does not despise any;
he is #ch. 9:4; 12:13, 16mighty in strength of understanding.
6He does not keep the wicked alive,
but gives #ver. 15; ch. 34:28the afflicted their right.
7He does not withdraw his #[Ps. 33:18; 34:15] eyes from the righteous,
but with #Ps. 132:12; [Ps. 113:8] kings on the throne
he sets them forever, and they are #Ps. 75:10exalted.
8And if they are #ver. 13; Ps. 107:10bound in chains
and caught in the cords of affliction,
9then he declares to them their work
and their transgressions, that they are #ch. 15:25behaving arrogantly.
10He #ch. 33:16 opens their ears to instruction
and commands that they #Jer. 18:11return from iniquity.
11 # For ver. 11, 12, see Isa. 1:19, 20 If they listen and serve him,
they #ch. 21:13complete their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasantness.
12But if they do not listen, they #ch. 33:18 perish by the sword
and die #[ch. 4:21]; See ch. 35:16without knowledge.
13“The #ch. 15:34 godless in heart cherish anger;
they do not cry for help when he #ver. 8binds them.
14They #ch. 15:32; 22:16; Ps. 55:23die in youth,
and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15He delivers #ver. 6; See ch. 33:15-28 the afflicted by their affliction
and #ver. 10; [Ps. 119:67, 71]opens their ear by adversity.
16He also allured you out of distress
into #[ch. 37:10; Ps. 4:1; 18:19; 31:8; 118:5] a broad place where there was no cramping,
and what was set on your #Ps. 23:5 table was full of #Ps. 36:8fatness.
17“But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
judgment and justice seize you.
18Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
and let not the greatness of #ch. 33:24the ransom turn you aside.
19Will your #Prov. 11:4cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
or all the force of your strength?
20Do not long for #ch. 27:20; 34:20, 25 the night,
when peoples vanish #ch. 40:12in their place.
21Take care; #Ps. 66:18do not turn to iniquity,
for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22Behold, God is exalted in his power;
who is #ch. 34:32; 35:11a teacher like him?
23Who has #ch. 34:13; [Isa. 40:13, 14; Rom. 11:34; 1 Cor. 2:16] prescribed for him his way,
or who can say, #[ch. 34:10]‘You have done wrong’?
24“Remember to #Luke 1:46; [Ps. 92:5; Rev. 15:3] extol his work,
of which men have #[ch. 33:27; Ps. 104:33]sung.
25All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
26Behold, God is great, and we #[ch. 37:5; 1 Cor. 13:12] know him not;
the number of his #Ps. 90:2; 102:27years is unsearchable.
27For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his #Gen. 2:6 (Heb.) mist in #Ps. 147:8rain,
28which #Prov. 3:20; [Deut. 33:28]the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29Can anyone understand #[ch. 26:9] the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his #Ps. 18:11; 105:39pavilion?
30Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
31For by these he #ch. 37:13 judges peoples;
he gives #Ps. 104:27, 28; 136:25; 145:15; 147:9; Acts 14:17food in abundance.
32He covers his #Hab. 3:4hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
33Its crashing declares his presence;#36:33 Hebrew declares concerning him
the cattle also declare that he rises.

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