The New King James Version
Restore columns
Exit Fullscreen

Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness

36 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;

aHe is mighty in strength 1of understanding.

6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked,

But gives justice to the boppressed.

7 cHe does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;

But dthey are on the throne with kings,

For He has seated them forever,

And they are exalted.

8 And eif they are bound in 2fetters,

Held in the cords of affliction,

9 Then He tells them their work and their transgressions—

That they have acted 3defiantly.

10 fHe also opens their ear to 4instruction,

And commands that they turn from iniquity.

11 If they obey and serve Him,

They shall gspend 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 5without hknowledge.

13 “But the hypocrites in heart istore up wrath;

They do not cry for help when He binds them.

14 jThey 6die in youth,

And their life ends among the 7perverted persons.

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,

kInto a broad place where there is no restraint;

And lwhat is set on your table would be full of mrichness.

17 But you are filled with the judgment due the nwicked;

Judgment and justice take hold of you.

18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow;

For oa large ransom would not help you avoid it.

19 pWill 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, qdo not turn to iniquity,

For ryou have chosen this rather than affliction.

22 “Behold, God is exalted by His power;

Who teaches like Him?

23 sWho has assigned Him His way,

Or who has said, ‘You have done twrong’?


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


New King James Version
Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

All Rights reserved

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) may be quoted or reprinted without prior written permission with the following qualifications: (1) up to and including 1,000 verses may be quoted in printed form as long as the verses quoted amount to less than 50% of a complete book of the Bible and make up less than 50% of the total work in which they are quoted; (2) all NKJV quotations must conform accurately to the NKJV text.

Any use of the NKJV text must include a proper acknowledgment as follows:

Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, inc.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

However, when quotations from the NKJV text are used in church bulletins, orders of service, Sunday School lessons, church newsletters and similar works in the course of religious instruction or services at a place of worship or other religious assembly, the notice "NKJV" may be used at the end of each quotation.

For quotation requests not covered by the above guidelines, write to Thomas Nelson Publishers, Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000.

Support Info


Table of Contents