Job 36

Elihu’s Fourth Speech1

36:1 Elihu said further:2

36:2 “Be patient3 with me a little longer

and I will instruct you,

for I still have words to speak on God’s behalf.4

36:3 With my knowledge I will speak comprehensively,5

and to my Creator I will ascribe righteousness.6

36:4 For in truth, my words are not false;

it is one complete7 in knowledge

who is with you.

36:5 Indeed, God is mighty; and he does not despise people,8

he9 is mighty, and firm10 in his intent.11

36:6 He does not allow the wicked to live,12

but he gives justice to the poor.

36:7 He does not take his eyes13 off the righteous;

but with kings on the throne

he seats the righteous14 and exalts them forever.15

36:8 But if they are bound in chains,16

and held captive by the cords of affliction,

36:9 then he reveals17 to them what they have done,18

and their transgressions,

that they were behaving proudly.

36:10 And he reveals19 this20 for correction,

and says that they must turn21 from evil.

36:11 If they obey and serve him,

they live out their days in prosperity

and their years in pleasantness.22

36:12 But if they refuse to listen,

they pass over the river of death,23

and expire without knowledge.

36:13 The godless at heart24 nourish anger,25

they do not cry out even when he binds them.

36:14 They die26 in their youth,

and their life ends among the male cultic prostitutes.27

36:15 He delivers the afflicted by28 their29 afflictions,

he reveals himself to them30 by their suffering.

36:16 And surely, he drew you31 from the mouth of distress,

to a wide place, unrestricted,32

and to the comfort33 of your table

filled with rich food.34

36:17 But now you are preoccupied with the judgment due the wicked,

judgment and justice take hold of you.

36:18 Be careful that35 no one entices you with riches;

do not let a large bribe36 turn you aside.

36:19 Would your wealth37 sustain you,

so that you would not be in distress,38

even all your mighty efforts?39

36:20 Do not long for the cover of night

to drag people away from their homes.40

36:21 Take heed, do not turn to evil,

for because of this you have been tested41 by affliction.

36:22 Indeed, God is exalted in his power;

who is a teacher42 like him?

36:23 Who has prescribed his ways for him?

Or said to him, ‘You have done what is wicked’?

36:24 Remember to extol43 his work,

which people have praised in song.

36:25 All humanity has seen it;

people gaze on it from afar.

The Work and Wisdom of God

36:26 “Yes, God is great – beyond our knowledge!44

The number of his years is unsearchable.

36:27 He draws up drops of water;

they distill45 the rain into its mist,46

36:28 which the clouds pour down

and shower on humankind abundantly.

36:29 Who can understand the spreading of the clouds,

the thunderings of his pavilion?47

36:30 See how he scattered48 his lightning49 about him;

he has covered the depths50 of the sea.

36:31 It is by these that he judges51 the nations

and supplies food in abundance.

36:32 With his hands52 he covers53 the lightning,

and directs it against its target.

36:3354 His thunder announces the coming storm,

the cattle also, concerning the storm’s approach.

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