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Job 36:1–23

Elihu Extols God’s Greatness

36 Thena Elihu continued and said,

“Bear with me a little longer, and I will explain,b

for I still have something to say on God’s behalf.c

I will bring my knowledge from far away,

and I will ascribe righteousness to my maker,

for truly my wordsd are not falsehood;

one who has perfect knowledge is with you.e

Look, God is mighty butf does not despise anyone;

he is mighty and good in understanding.g

He does not keep the wicked alive

buth grants justice to the afflicted.

He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,

buti he sets them forever with kings on the throne, and they are exalted.

“And if they are tied up with fetters,

if they are caught in the cords of misery,

thenj he declares their work to them,

and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.

10 Sok he opens their ear to the discipline,

and he commands that they return from mischief.

11 If they listen and serve him,

they complete their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness.

12 Butl if they do not listen, they perish by the sword,

and they pass away without knowledge.

13 And the godless of heart cherish anger;

they do not cry for help when he binds them.

14 They die in their youth,m

and their life ends among the male shrine prostitutes.

15 He delivers the afflicted by his misery,

and he opens their ears by the adversity.

16 And what’s more, he allured you out of distressn

into a broad place, where in place of it was no constraint;

and what was set on your table is full of fatness.

17 Buto you are obsessed with the judgment of the wicked;

judgment and justice take hold of you.

18 Yes,p it is wrath, so that it will not incite you into mockery;

and do not let the ransom’s greatness turn you aside.

19 Will your cry for help sustain you without distress,

orq all the efforts of your strength?

20 You must not long for the night,

to cut off people in their place.r

21 Take care, you must not turn to mischief,

for because of this you have been tried by misery.

22 “Look, God is exalted in his power;

who is a teacher like him?

23 Who has prescribed his way for him?

Ors who says, ‘You have done wrong’?

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