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Job 36 :: New International Version (NIV)

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“Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God’s behalf.

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I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

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Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.

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“God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.

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He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.

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He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

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But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,

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he tells them what they have done— that they have sinned arrogantly.

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He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

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If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

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But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword[fn] and die without knowledge.

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“The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.

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They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.

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But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.

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“He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

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But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.

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Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

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Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?

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Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.[fn]

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Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

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“God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

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Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’?

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Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song.

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All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar.

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How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

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“He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams[fn];

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the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.

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Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

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See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.

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This is the way he governs[fn] the nations and provides food in abundance.

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He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

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His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.[fn]
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Or will cross the river
The meaning of the Hebrew for verses 18-20 is uncertain.
Or distill from the mist as rain
Or nourishes
Or announces his coming— / the One zealous against evil

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