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Job 36

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Elihu shews how God is just in his ways.

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.

How Job's sins hinder God's blessings.

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 you have chosen this 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?’

God's works are to be magnified.

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 which 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 Its noise tells about him,
and the livestock also concerning the storm that comes up.

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