Elihu Extols God's Greatness

Job 36

1 Elihu 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.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar;
I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false;
One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5 "Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one;
a He is mighty in strength 1 of understanding.
6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked,
But gives justice to the b oppressed.
7 c He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But d they are on the throne with kings,
For He has seated them forever,
And they are exalted.
8 And e if they are bound in 2 fetters,
Held in the cords of affliction,
9 Then He tells them their work and their transgressions -
That they have acted 3 defiantly.
10 f He also opens their ear to 4 instruction,
And commands that they turn from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve Him,
They shall g spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey,
They shall perish by the sword,
And they shall die 5 without h knowledge.

13 "But the hypocrites in heart i store up wrath;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14 j They 6 die in youth,
And their life ends among the 7 perverted persons. 8
15 He delivers the poor in their affliction,
And opens their ears in oppression.
16 "Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
k Into a broad place where there is no restraint;
And l what is set on your table would be full of m richness.

17 But you are filled with the judgment due the n wicked;
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow;
For o a large ransom would not help you avoid it.
19 p Will your riches,
Or all the mighty forces,
Keep you from distress?
20 Do not desire the night,
When people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, q do not turn to iniquity,
For r you have chosen this rather than affliction.
22 "Behold, God is exalted by His power;
Who teaches like Him?
23 s Who has assigned Him His way,
Or who has said, 'You have done t wrong'?

24 "Remember to u magnify His work,
Of which men have sung.
25 Everyone has seen it;
Man looks on it from afar.
26 "Behold, God is great, and we v do not know Him;
w Nor can the number of His years be discovered.
27 For He x draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
28 y Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
29 Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
30 Look, He z scatters His light upon it,
And covers the depths of the sea.
31 For a by these He judges the peoples;
He b gives food in abundance.
32 c He covers His hands with lightning,
And commands it to 9 strike.
33 d His thunder declares it,
The cattle also, concerning 10 the rising storm.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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