||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 36 [Commentary] |
||Then Elihu continued and said,
||"Wait for me a little, and I will show you
That there is yet more to be said in God's behalf.
||"I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
||"For truly my words are not false;
One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
||"Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any;
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
||"He does not keep the wicked alive,
But gives justice to the afflicted.
||"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But with kings on the throne
He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
||"And if they are bound in fetters,
And are caught in the cords of affliction,
||Then He declares to them their work
And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.
||"He opens their ear to instruction,
And commands that they return from evil.
||"If they hear and serve Him,
They will end their days in prosperity
And their years in pleasures.
||"But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword
And they will die without knowledge.
||"But the godless in heart lay up anger;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
||"They die in youth,
And their life perishes among the cult prostitutes.
||"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction,
And opens their ear in time of oppression.
||"Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress,
Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint;
And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.
||"But you were full of judgment on the wicked;
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
||"Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing;
And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
||"Will your riches keep you from distress,
Or all the forces of your strength?
||"Do not long for the night,
When people vanish in their place.
||"Be careful, do not turn to evil,
For you have preferred this to affliction.
||"Behold, God is exalted in His power;
Who is a teacher like Him?
||"Who has appointed Him His way,
And who has said, `You have done wrong'?
||"Remember that you should exalt His work,
Of which men have sung.
||"All men have seen it;
Man beholds from afar.
||"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him;
The number of His years is unsearchable.
||"For He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from the mist,
||Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
||"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
The thundering of His pavilion?
||"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him,
And He covers the depths of the sea.
||"For by these He judges peoples;
He gives food in abundance.
||"He covers His hands with the lightning,
And commands it to strike the mark.
||"Its noise declares His presence;
The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.
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