Job 36
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1Elihu also proceeded and said:1Elihu also proceeded, and said,
2“Bear with me a little, and I will show you That there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3I will fetch my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
5“Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed.6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
7He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8And if they are bound in fetters, Held in the cords of affliction,8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9Then He tells them their work and their transgressions— That they have acted defiantly.9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12But if they do not obey, They shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13“But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath; They do not cry for help when He binds them.13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
14They die in youth, And their life ends among the perverted persons.14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression.15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
16“Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, Into a broad place where there is no restraint; And what is set on your table would be full of richness.16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
17But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
18Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
19Will your riches, Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20Do not desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21Take heed, do not turn to iniquity, For you have chosen this rather than affliction.21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22“Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?22Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23Who has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, ‘You have done wrong’?23Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24“Remember to magnify His work, Of which men have sung.24Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
25Everyone has seen it; Man looks on it from afar.25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26“Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered.26Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist,27For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
28Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.28Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
29Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?29Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
30Look, He scatters His light upon it, And covers the depths of the sea.30Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance.31For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike.32With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33His thunder declares it, The cattle also, concerning the rising storm.33The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
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