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Elihu Magnifies the Almighty

36 Then Elihu said further:

“Be patient with me a bit longer and I will show you
    that there is more to say on God’s behalf.
I get my knowledge from afar;
    I ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly, my words are not false;
    One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

“Indeed, God is mighty, but despises none,
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
He does not keep the wicked alive,
    but gives justice to the afflicted.
He does not take His eyes from the righteous,
but enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.
But if they are bound in chains,
    and held captive by cords of affliction,
then He declares to them their deed
    that they have transgressed arrogantly.
10 And He opens their ear to instruction,
    and commands that they turn from evil.
11 If they obey and serve, they will end their days in prosperity,
    and their years in happiness.
12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword,
    and die without knowledge.

13 “The godless in heart harbor anger,
    they do not cry for help even when He binds them.
14 Their souls die in youth,
    their life ends among cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers the afflicted by his affliction
    and opens their ear in oppression.

16 “And indeed, He will draw you from the mouth of distress,
to a spacious place without constraint, and the comfort of a table full of rich food.
17 But you are full of judgment on the wicked,
    judgment and justice take hold of you!
18 Beware lest wrath entice you with riches;
    or a large bribe turn you aside.
19 Will your wealth sustain you to keep you from distress,
    or even all your mighty efforts?
20 Do not long for the night,
    when people vanish from their places.
21 Be careful, do not turn to iniquity;
    for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

22 “Indeed, God is exalted in His power.
    Who is a teacher like Him?
23 Who has prescribed His way for Him?
    Or said ‘You have done wrong’?
24 Remember to magnify His work,
    of which people have sung.
25 All mankind has seen it;
    people gaze on it from afar.
26 Behold, God is exalted—beyond our knowledge!
    The number of His years is unsearchable.
27 For He draws up the drops of water;
    they distill rain into its mist,
28 which the clouds pour down
    and shower mankind abundantly.
29 Indeed, who can understand the spreading of the clouds,
    and the thunder from His pavilion?

30 “See how He scatters His lightning about Him,
    covering the depths of the sea.
31 For by these, He judges peoples
    and supplies food in abundance.
32 He covers His hands with lightning
    and commands it to strike its target.
33 His thunder declares His presence,
    the cattle also, about what is coming.