Job 36

Elihu Extols God's Greatness 1And Elihu continued, and said:

2"Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
   for I have yet something to say on God's behalf.
3I will get my knowledge from afar
   and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4For truly my words are not false;
   one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;
   he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6He does not keep the wicked alive,
   but gives the afflicted their right.
7He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
   but with kings on the throne
   he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
8And if they are bound in chains
   and caught in the cords of affliction,
9then he declares to them their work
   and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10He opens their ears to instruction
   and commands that they return from iniquity.
11If they listen and serve him,
   they complete their days in prosperity,
   and their years in pleasantness.
12But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword
   and die without knowledge.

13The godless in heart cherish anger;
   they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14They die in youth,
   and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15He delivers the afflicted by their affliction
   and opens their ear by adversity.
16He also allured you out of distress
   into a broad place where there was no cramping,
   and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

17But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
   judgment and justice seize you.
18Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
   and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
   or all the force of your strength?
20Do not long for the night,
   when peoples vanish in their place.
21Take care; do not turn to iniquity,
   for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22Behold, God is exalted in his power;
   who is a teacher like him?
23Who has prescribed for him his way,
   or who can say, 'You have done wrong'?

24Remember to extol his work,
   of which men have sung.
25All mankind has looked on it;
   man beholds it from afar.
26Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
   the number of his years is unsearchable.
27For he draws up the drops of water;
   they distill his mist in rain,
28which the skies pour down
   and drop on mankind abundantly.
29Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
   the thunderings of his pavilion?
30Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
   and covers the roots of the sea.
31For by these he judges peoples;
   he gives food in abundance.
32He covers his hands with the lightning
   and commands it to strike the mark.
33Its crashing declares his presence;Hebrew declares concerning him
   the cattle also declare that he rises.