Elihu Extols God's Greatness

36 And Elihu continued, and said:

“Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
    for I have yet something to say on God's behalf.
I will get my knowledge from (A)afar
    and ascribe (B)righteousness to my (C)Maker.
For truly my words are not false;
    one who is (D)perfect in knowledge is with you.

“Behold, God is mighty, and (E)does not despise any;
    he is (F)mighty in strength of understanding.
He does not keep the wicked alive,
    but gives (G)the afflicted their right.
He does not withdraw his (H)eyes from the righteous,
    but with (I)kings on the throne
    he sets them forever, and they are (J)exalted.
And if they are (K)bound in chains
    and caught in the cords of affliction,
then he declares to them their work
    and their transgressions, that they are (L)behaving arrogantly.
10 He (M)opens their ears to instruction
    and commands that they (N)return from iniquity.
11 (O)If they listen and serve him,
    they (P)complete their days in prosperity,
    and their years in pleasantness.
12 But if they do not listen, they (Q)perish by the sword
    and die (R)without knowledge.

13 “The (S)godless in heart cherish anger;
    they do not cry for help when he (T)binds them.
14 They (U)die in youth,
    and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers (V)the afflicted by their affliction
    and (W)opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distress
    into (X)a broad place where there was no cramping,
    and what was set on your (Y)table was full of (Z)fatness.

17 “But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
    judgment and justice seize you.
18 Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
    and let not the greatness of (AA)the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your (AB)cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
    or all the force of your strength?
20 Do not long for (AC)the night,
    when peoples vanish (AD)in their place.
21 Take care; (AE)do not turn to iniquity,
    for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God is exalted in his power;
    who is (AF)a teacher like him?
23 Who has (AG)prescribed for him his way,
    or who can say, (AH)‘You have done wrong’?

24 “Remember to (AI)extol his work,
    of which men have (AJ)sung.
25 All mankind has looked on it;
    man beholds it from afar.
26 Behold, God is great, and we (AK)know him not;
    the number of his (AL)years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
    they distill his (AM)mist in (AN)rain,
28 which (AO)the skies pour down
    and drop on mankind abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand (AP)the spreading of the clouds,
    the thunderings of his (AQ)pavilion?
30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
    and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he (AR)judges peoples;
    he gives (AS)food in abundance.
32 He covers his (AT)hands with the lightning
    and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing declares his presence;[a]
    the cattle also declare that he rises.

Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty

37 “At this also my heart trembles
    and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
    and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
    and his (AU)lightning to the (AV)corners of the earth.
After it (AW)his voice roars;
    (AX)he thunders with his majestic voice,
    and he does not restrain the lightnings[b] when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does (AY)great things that we cannot (AZ)comprehend.
For to (BA)the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He (BB)seals up the hand of every man,
    that all men whom he made may (BC)know it.
Then the beasts go into their (BD)lairs,
    and remain in their (BE)dens.
From (BF)its chamber (BG)comes the whirlwind,
    and (BH)cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God (BI)ice is given,
    and (BJ)the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
    the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They (BK)turn around and around by his (BL)guidance,
    (BM)to accomplish all that he commands them
    on the face of (BN)the habitable world.
13 Whether for (BO)correction or for his (BP)land
    or for (BQ)love, he causes it to happen.

14 “Hear this, O Job;
    stop and (BR)consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them
    and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings[c] of the clouds,
    the wondrous works of him who is (BS)perfect in knowledge,
17 you whose garments are hot
    when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, (BT)spread out the skies,
    hard as a cast metal (BU)mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
    we cannot draw up our case because of (BV)darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I would speak?
    Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

21 “And now no one looks on the light
    when it is bright in the skies,
    when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
    God is clothed with (BW)awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty—we (BX)cannot find him;
    he is (BY)great in power;
    (BZ)justice and abundant righteousness he will not (CA)violate.
24 Therefore men (CB)fear him;
    he does not regard any who are (CC)wise in their own conceit.”[d]


  1. Job 36:33 Hebrew declares concerning him
  2. Job 37:4 Hebrew them
  3. Job 37:16 Or hoverings
  4. Job 37:24 Hebrew in heart

Traditions and Commandments

15 (A)Then Pharisees and (B)scribes came to Jesus (C)from Jerusalem and said, (D)“Why do your disciples break (E)the tradition of the elders? (F)For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, (G)‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, (H)‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[a] he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have (I)made void the word[b] of God. (J)You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

(K)“‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
    teaching as (L)doctrines the commandments of men.’”

What Defiles a Person

10 And he called the people to him and said to them, (M)“Hear and understand: 11 (N)it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were (O)offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, (P)“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted (Q)will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; (R)they are blind guides.[c] And (S)if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, (T)“Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, (U)“Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that (V)whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?[d] 18 But (W)what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come (X)evil thoughts, (Y)murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, (Z)slander. 20 (AA)These are what defile a person. But (AB)to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

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  1. Matthew 15:5 Or is an offering
  2. Matthew 15:6 Some manuscripts law
  3. Matthew 15:14 Some manuscripts add of the blind
  4. Matthew 15:17 Greek is expelled into the latrine

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