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Job 36


Elihu Speaks of God's Dealings with Men

Job 36:1   Then Elihu continued and said,
Job 36:2   "Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God's behalf.
Job 36:3   "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
Job 36:4   "For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
Job 36:5   "Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.
Job 36:6   "He does not keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to the afflicted.
Job 36:7   "He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
Job 36:8   "And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,
Job 36:9   Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.
Job 36:10   "He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil.
Job 36:11   "If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.
Job 36:12   "But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword And they will die without knowledge.
Job 36:13   "But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
Job 36:14   "They die in youth, And their life perishes among the cult prostitutes.
Job 36:15   "He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.
Job 36:16   "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.
Job 36:17   "But you were full of judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.
Job 36:18   "Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
Job 36:19   "Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?
Job 36:20   "Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.
Job 36:21   "Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.
Job 36:22   "Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?
Job 36:23   "Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, 'You have done wrong'?
Job 36:24   "Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung.
Job 36:25   "All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar.
Job 36:26   "Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.
Job 36:27   "For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,
Job 36:28   Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
Job 36:29   "Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?
Job 36:30   "Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.
Job 36:31   "For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance.
Job 36:32   "He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.
Job 36:33   "Its noise declares His presence; The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.
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