2 “·Listen to [or Be patient with] me a little longer, and I will ·show [inform] you that there is more to be said for God. 3 What I know comes from far away. I will ·show that my Maker is right [ascribe righteousness to my Maker]. 4 You can be sure that my words are not false; ·one who really knows is with you [L perfect knowledge is with me].
5 “God is powerful, but he does not ·hate [disdain; reject] people; he is strong and ·sure of what he wants to do [L powerful in understanding/heart]. 6 He will not keep evil people alive, but he gives the ·poor [afflicted] their rights. 7 He ·always watches over [L does not withhold his eye from] those who do right; he sets them on thrones with kings and they are ·honored [exalted] forever. 8 If people are bound in chains, or if ·trouble [affliction], like ropes, ties them up, 9 God tells them what they have done, that they have sinned in their pride. 10 He ·makes them listen [L opens their ear] to his ·warning [instruction; discipline] and commands them to change from doing evil. 11 If they ·obey [or listen] and serve him, ·the rest of their lives will be successful [L their days will finish happily], and the rest of their years will be ·happy [pleasant]. 12 But if they do not listen, they will ·die by the sword [or pass through the water channel; C reference to death], and they will die ·without knowing why [in ignorance].
13 “Those who have ·wicked [L godless] hearts hold on to anger. Even when ·God punishes [L he imprisons] them, they do not cry for help. 14 They die while they are still young, and their lives end ·in disgrace [L among male prostitutes]. 15 But God saves those who ·suffer [are afflicted] ·through [or by means of] their ·suffering [affliction]; he ·gets them to listen [L opens their ear] ·through [or by means of] their pain.
16 “God ·is gently calling [has wooed/enticed] you from the jaws of ·trouble [distress] to an ·open place of freedom [L broad place with no constraints] where he has set your table full of ·the best food [L fatness]. 17 But now you are ·being punished like [obsessed/filled with the case of] the wicked; ·you are getting justice [L judgment and justice hold on tight to you]. 18 Be careful! ·Don’t be led away from God by riches [L …lest anger seduce you by abundance]; don’t let ·much money [a big ransom/bribe] turn you away. 19 Neither your wealth nor all your great strength will keep you out of trouble. 20 Don’t ·wish [pant; long] for the night when people are taken from their homes. 21 Be careful not to turn to evil, which you ·seem to want more [have chosen rather] than ·suffering [affliction]. 22 “God is ·great [exulted] and powerful; ·no other teacher is [L who is a teacher…?] like him. 23 ·No one [L Who…?] has ·planned [prescribed] his ways for him; ·no one can say to God [L who says to him…?], ‘You have done wrong.’ 24 Remember to ·praise [extol] his work, about which people have sung. 25 Everybody has seen it; people look at it from far off. 26 God is so ·great, greater than we can understand [exalted and we do not understand]! ·No one knows how old he is [L The number of his years is unknown].
27 “He ·evaporates [or holds in check] the drops of water from the earth and ·turns them into rain [filters rain for his streams/or mists; Gen. 2:6]. 28 The rain then pours down from the clouds, and ·showers fall [L drops abundantly] on people. 29 ·No one understands [L Who can understand…?] ·how God spreads out the [L the spreading] clouds or how he sends thunder from ·where he lives [L his booth/pavilion]. 30 Watch how God ·scatters [spreads] his lightning around him, ·lighting up the deepest parts [L covering the roots] of the sea. 31 This is the way God ·governs [or sustains] the nations; this is how he gives us ·enough [plenty; abundant] food. 32 God ·fills [L covers] his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its target. 33 His thunder announces ·the coming storm [L about him/it; C thunder announces either the coming storm or the coming of God], and ·even the cattle know it is near [or the storm announces his coming wrath; or the passion of his anger is against inquity].
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