Job Chapter 36

36:1 Elihu also continued, and said,

36:2 "Bear with me a little, and I will show you; For I still have something to say on God's behalf.

36:3 I will get my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

36:4 For truly my words are not false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

36:5 "Behold, God is mighty, and doesn't despise anyone. He is mighty in strength of understanding.

36:6 He doesn't preserve the life of the wicked, But gives to the afflicted their right.

36:7 He doesn't withdraw his eyes from the righteous, But with kings on the throne, He sets them forever, and they are exalted.

36:8 If they are bound in fetters, And are taken in the cords of afflictions,

36:9 Then he shows them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.

36:10 He also opens their ears to instruction, And commands that they return from iniquity.

36:11 If they listen and serve him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

36:12 But if they don't listen, they shall perish by the sword; They shall die without knowledge.

36:13 "But those who are godless in heart lay up anger. They don't cry for help when he binds them.

36:14 They die in youth. Their life perishes among the unclean.

36:15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, And opens their ear in oppression.

36:16 Yes, he would have allured you out of distress, Into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.

36:17 "But you are full of the judgment of the wicked. Judgment and justice take hold of you.

36:18 Don't let riches entice you to wrath, Neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.

36:19 Would your wealth sustain you in distress, Or all the might of your strength?

36:20 Don't desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.

36:21 Take heed, don't regard iniquity; For this you have chosen rather than affliction.

36:22 Behold, God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

36:23 Who has prescribed his way for him? Or who can say, 'You have committed unrighteousness?'

36:24 "Remember that you magnify his work, Whereof men have sung.

36:25 All men have looked thereon. Man sees it afar off.

36:26 Behold, God is great, and we don't know him. The number of his years is unsearchable.

36:27 For he draws up the drops of water, Which distill in rain from his vapor,

36:28 Which the skies pour down And drop on man abundantly.

36:29 Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, And the thunderings of his pavilion?

36:30 Behold, he spreads his light around him. He covers the bottom of the sea.

36:31 For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance.

36:32 He covers his hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

36:33 The noise of it tells about him, And the cattle also concerning the storm that comes up.