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Job 36 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Elihu Extols God’s Greatness

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:1 - And Elihu continued, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:2 - “Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:3 - I will get my knowledge from afar
and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:4 - For truly my words are not false;
one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:5 - “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;
he is mighty in strength of understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:6 - He does not keep the wicked alive,
but gives the afflicted their right.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:7 - He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
but with kings on the throne
he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:8 - And if they are bound in chains
and caught in the cords of affliction,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:9 - then he declares to them their work
and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:10 - He opens their ears to instruction
and commands that they return from iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:11 - If they listen and serve him,
they complete their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasantness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:12 - But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword
and die without knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:13 - “The godless in heart cherish anger;
they do not cry for help when he binds them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:14 - They die in youth,
and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:15 - He delivers the afflicted by their affliction
and opens their ear by adversity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:16 - He 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:17 - “But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
judgment and justice seize you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:18 - Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:19 - Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
or all the force of your strength?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:20 - Do not long for the night,
when peoples vanish in their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:21 - Take care; do not turn to iniquity,
for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:22 - Behold, God is exalted in his power;
who is a teacher like him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:23 - Who has prescribed for him his way,
or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:24 - “Remember to extol his work,
of which men have sung.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:25 - All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:26 - Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:27 - For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his mist in rain,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:28 - which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:29 - Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:30 - Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:31 - For by these he judges peoples;
he gives food in abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:32 - He covers his hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:33 - Its crashing declares his presence;[fn]
the cattle also declare that he rises.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew declares concerning him

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