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Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

36 Elihu continued and said:

“Bear with me a little, and I will show you
    that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.
I will bring my knowledge from afar
    and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words will not be false;
    He who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

“Behold, God is mighty and despises no one;
    He is mighty in strength and wisdom.
He does not preserve the life of the wicked,
    but gives justice to the poor.
He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
    but they are on the throne with kings,
    for He establishes them forever, and they are exalted.
If they are bound in chains
    and held in cords of affliction,
then He shows them their work,
    and their transgressions that they have exceeded;
10 and He opens their ear to discipline,
    and commands that they turn from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve Him,
    they will spend their days in prosperity
    and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey,
    they will perish by the sword,
    and they will die without knowledge.

13 “But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath;
    they do not cry out when He binds them.
14 They die in youth,
    and their life ends among the unclean.
15 He delivers the poor in their affliction,
    and opens their ears in oppression.

16 “Even so He would have removed you out of distress
    into a broad place where there is no restraint;
    and that which was set on your table would be full of richness.
17 But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked;
    judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with a blow;
    even a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19 Will He esteem your riches?
    No, not gold, nor all the force of your strength.
20 Do not desire the night,
    when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed! Do not turn to iniquity,
    for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

22 “Behold, God is exalted in His power;
    who teaches like Him?
23 Who has prescribed His way for Him?
    Or who can say, ‘You have worked iniquity’?
24 Remember to magnify His work,
    which men behold.
25 Every man may see it;
    man may behold it from afar.
26 Look, God is great, and we do not know Him,
    nor can the number of His years be searched out.

27 “For He draws up the drops of water;
    they distill rain according to its mist,
28 which the clouds drop down,
    and drip upon man abundantly.
29 Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
    or the noise of His tent?
30 See, He spreads His light upon it
    and covers the bottom of the sea.
31 For by these He judges the people;
    He gives food in abundance.
32 With clouds He covers the light,
    and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its thunder declares it,
    the cattle also, concerning the rising storm.