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Job 36 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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“Let me go on, and I will show you the truth.
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I am telling you nothing but the truth,
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“God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone!
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He does not let the wicked live
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He never takes his eyes off the innocent,
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They die when they are young,
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But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth.[fn]
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Do not long for the cover of night,
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The thunder announces his presence;
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NLT Footnotes
Or they will cross the river [of death].
The meaning of the Hebrew in this passage is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew in this passage is uncertain.
Or But don’t let your anger lead you to mockery.
The meaning of the Hebrew in this passage is uncertain.
Or Could all your cries for help.
The meaning of the Hebrew in this passage is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew in this passage is uncertain.
Or he governs.
Or even the cattle know when a storm is coming. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

 
 
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