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Job 36 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness
Results of Job’s Sins
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:1 - Elihu also proceeded and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:2 - “Bear with me a little, and I will show you
That there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:3 - I will fetch my knowledge from afar;
I will 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, but despises no one;
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:6 - He does not preserve the life of the wicked,
But gives justice to the oppressed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:7 - He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But they are on the throne with kings,
For He has seated them forever,
And they are exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:8 - And if they are bound in fetters,
Held in the cords of affliction,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:9 - Then He tells them their work and their transgressions—
That they have acted defiantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:10 - He also opens their ear to instruction,
And commands that they turn from iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:11 - If they obey and serve Him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:12 - But if they do not obey,
They shall perish by the sword,
And they shall die without knowledge.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:13 - “But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath;
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 perverted persons.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:15 - He delivers the poor in their affliction,
And opens their ears in oppression.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:16 - “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
Into a broad place where there is no restraint;
And what is set on your table would be full of richness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:17 - But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked;
Judgment and justice take hold of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:18 - Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow;
For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:19 - Will your riches,
Or all the mighty forces,
Keep you from distress?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:20 - Do not desire the night,
When people are cut off in their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:21 - Take heed, do not turn to iniquity,
For you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:22 - “Behold, God is exalted by His power;
Who teaches like Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:23 - Who has assigned Him His way,
Or who has said, ‘You have done wrong’?
Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:24 - “Remember to magnify His work,
Of which men have sung.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:25 - Everyone has seen it;
Man looks on it from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:26 - “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him;
Nor can the number of His years be discovered.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:27 - For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:28 - Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:29 - Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:30 - Look, He scatters His light upon it,
And covers the depths of the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:31 - For by these He judges the peoples;
He gives food in abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:32 - He covers His hands with lightning,
And commands it to strike.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:33 - His thunder declares it,
The cattle also, concerning the rising storm.
NKJV Footnotes
Masoretic Text reads as one without knowledge.
Hebrew qedeshim, that is, those practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals

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