NASB — Job 36 — KJV

Elihu Speaks of God’s Dealings with Men

1 Then Elihu continued and said,
  2 “Wait for me a little, and I will show you
  That there Iis yet more to be said in God’s behalf.
  3 “I will fetch my knowledge from afar,
  And I will ascribe arighteousness to my Maker.
  4 “For truly amy words are not false;
  One who is bperfect in knowledge is with you.
  5 “Behold, God is mighty but does not adespise [any];
  [He is] bmighty in strength of understanding.
  6 “He does not akeep the wicked alive,
  But gives justice to bthe afflicted.
  7 “He does not awithdraw His eyes from the righteous;
  But bwith kings on the throne
  He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
  8 “And if they are bound in fetters,
  And are caught in the cords of aaffliction,
  9 Then He declares to them their work
  And their transgressions, that they have amagnified themselves.
  10aHe opens their ear to instruction,
  And bcommands that they return from evil.
  11 “If they hear and serve [Him],
  They will aend their days in prosperity
  And their years in bpleasures.
  12 “But if they do not hear, they shall Iperish aby the sword
  And they will bdie without knowledge.
  13 “But the godless in heart lay up anger;
  They do not cry for help when He binds them.
  14IThey die in youth,
  And their life [perishes] among the acult prostitutes.
  15 “He delivers the afflicted in Itheir aaffliction,
  And bopens their ear IIin [time of] oppression.
  16 “Then indeed, He aenticed you from the mouth of distress,
  Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint;
  And that which was set on your table was full of Ifatness.

[2] ILit are yet words for God
[3] aJb 8:3; 37:23
[4] aJb 33:3 bJb 37:16
[5] aPs 22:24; 69:33; 102:17 bJb 12:13
[6] aJb 8:22; 34:26 bJb 5:15
[7] aPs 33:18; 34:15 bJb 5:11; Ps 113:8
[8] aJb 36:15, 21
[9] aJb 15:25
[10] aJb 33:16; 36:15 b2K 17:13; Jb 36:21; Jna 3:8
[11] a1Ti 4:8 bPs 16:11
[12] ILit pass away aJb 15:22 bJb 4:21
[14] IOr Their soul dies aDt 23:17
[15] ILit his IIOr in adversity aJb 36:8, 21 bJb 36:10
[16] IOr rich food aHo 2:14

  17 ¶ “But you were full of ajudgment on the wicked;
  Judgment and justice take hold [of you].
  18 “[Beware] that awrath does not entice you to scoffing;
  And do not let the greatness of the bransom turn you aside.
  19 “Will your Iriches keep you from distress,
  Or all the forces of [your] strength?
  20 “Do not long for athe night,
  When people Ivanish in their place.
  21 “Be careful, do anot turn to evil,
  For you have preferred this to baffliction.
  22 “Behold, God is exalted in His power;
  Who is a ateacher like Him?
  23 “Who has appointed Him His way,
  And who has said, ‘aYou have done wrong’?

[17] aJb 22:5, 10, 11
[18] aJna 4:4, 9 bJb 33:24
[19] IOr cry
[20] ILit go up aJb 34:20, 25
[21] aJb 36:10; Ps 31:6; 66:18 bJb 36:8, 15; He 11:25
[22] aJb 35:11
[23] aDt 32:4; Jb 8:3

  24 ¶ “Remember that you should aexalt His work,
  Of which men have bsung.
  25 “All men have seen it;
  Man beholds from afar.
  26 “Behold, God is aexalted, and bwe do not know [Him];
  The cnumber of His years is unsearchable.
  27 “For aHe draws up the drops of water,
  They distill rain from Ithe IImist,
  28 Which the clouds pour down,
  They drip upon man abundantly.
  29 “Can anyone understand the aspreading of the clouds,
  The bthundering of His Ipavilion?
  30 “Behold, He spreads His Ilightning about Him,
  And He covers the depths of the sea.
  31 “For by these He ajudges peoples;
  He bgives food in abundance.
  32 “He covers [His] hands with the Ilightning,
  And acommands it to strike the mark.
  33 “Its anoise declares IHis presence;
  The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

[24] aPs 92:5; Rv 15:3 bEx 15:1; Jg 5:1; 1Ch 16:9; Ps 59:16; 138:5
[26] aJb 11:7-9; 37:23 b1Co 13:12 cJb 10:5; Ps 90:2; 102:24, 27; He 1:12
[27] ILit its IIOr flood aJb 5:10; 36:26-29; 37:6, 11; 38:28; Ps 147:8
[29] ILit booth aJb 37:11, 16 bJb 26:14
[30] ILit light
[31] aJb 37:13 bPs 104:27; 136:25; Ac 14:17
[32] ILit light aJb 37:11, 12, 15
[33] ILit concerning Him aJb 37:2


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Elihu sheweth how God is just in his ways.

1 ¶ Elihu also proceeded, and said, 2 Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that [I have] yet to speak on God's behalf. 3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4 For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee. 5 Behold, God [is] mighty, and despiseth not [any: he is] mighty in strength [and] wisdom. 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor. 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings [are they] on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted. 8 And if [they be] bound in fetters, [and] be holden in cords of affliction; 9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. 10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. 11 If they obey and serve [him], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. 12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge. 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. 14 They die in youth, and their life [is] among the unclean. 15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

[2] Ex 4:16; Jb 13:7; 21:3; 33:6, 31; Jr 15:19; Ezk 2:7; 2Co 5:20; He 13:22.
[3] Dt 32:4; Jb 28:12, 20; 32:2, 8; 34:5, 10; Ps 11:7; 145:17; Pv 2:4; Jr 12:1; Dn 9:7, 14; Mt 2:1; 12:42; Ac 8:27; Ro 3:25; 9:14; 10:6; Jm 1:5, 17; 3:17; Rv 15:3.
[4] Jb 13:4, 7; 21:27, 34; 22:6; 37:16; Ps 49:3; Pv 8:7; 22:20; Lk 1:3; Ac 24:22; 1Co 14:20; 2Co 2:17; Col 4:12; 2Ti 3:16.
[5] Jb 9:14, 19; 10:3; 12:13; 26:12; 31:13; 37:23; Ps 22:24; 99:4; 138:6; 147:5; Jr 10:12; 32:19; 1Co 1:24.
[6] Ex 22:22; Jb 21:7, 30; 29:12; Ps 9:12; 10:14; 55:23; 72:4, 12; 82:1; 140:12; Pv 22:22; Is 11:4; Jr 12:1; 2P 2:9.
[7] Gn 23:6; 41:40; 1S 2:8; 2S 7:13; 2Ch 16:9; Es 10:3; Jb 1:3; 42:12; Ps 33:18; 34:15; 78:70; 112:7; 113:7; Zp 3:17; 2Th 3:3; 1P 3:12.
[8] Jb 13:27; 19:6; 33:18; Ps 18:5; 107:10; 116:3; Pv 5:22; Lm 3:9.
[9] Dt 4:21; 2Ch 33:11; Jb 10:2; Ps 5:10; 94:12; 119:67, 71; Is 59:12; Lm 3:39; Ezk 18:28; Lk 15:17; Ro 5:20; 1Co 11:32; 1Ti 1:15.
[10] Jb 33:16; 36:15; Ps 40:6; Pv 1:22; 8:4; 9:4; Is 1:16; 48:8, 17; 50:5; 55:6; Jr 4:3; 7:3; Ezk 18:30; Ho 14:1; Mt 3:8; Ac 3:19; 16:14; 17:30; Jm 4:8.
[11] Dt 4:30; Jb 11:13; 21:11; 22:21, 23; 42:12; Ec 9:2; Jr 7:23; 26:13; Ro 6:17; He 11:8; Jm 5:5; Rv 18:7.
[12] Dt 18:15; 29:15; Jb 4:21; Is 1:20; 3:11; Jn 8:21; Ro 2:8.
[13] Nu 32:14; 2Ch 28:13, 22; Jb 15:4; 27:8; 35:9; 36:8; Ps 107:10; Mt 22:12; Ro 2:5.
[14] Gn 19:5, 24; 38:7; Lv 10:1; Dt 23:17; Jb 15:32; 21:23; 22:16; Ps 55:23.
[15] 2Ch 12:8; Jb 36:6, 10.

How Job's sins hinder God's blessings.

16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait [into] a broad place, where [there is] no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table [should be] full of fatness. 17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee]. 18 Because [there is] wrath, [beware] lest he take thee away with [his] stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee. 19 Will he esteem thy riches? [no], not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place. 21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. 22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him? 23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

[16] Jb 19:8; 42:10; Ps 18:19; 23:5; 31:8; 36:8; 40:1; 63:5; 118:5; Is 25:6; 55:2.
[17] Jb 16:5; 34:8, 36; Ro 1:32; Rv 18:4.
[18] Jb 33:24; Ps 2:5, 12; 39:10; 49:7; 110:5; Is 14:6; Ezk 24:16; Mt 3:7; Ro 1:18; 2:5; Ep 5:6; 1Ti 2:6; He 2:3.
[19] Jb 9:13; 34:20; Ps 33:16; Pv 10:2; 11:4, 21; Is 2:20; 37:36; Zp 1:18; Jm 5:3.
[20] Ex 12:29; 2K 19:35; Jb 3:20; 6:9; 7:15; 14:13; 17:13; Pv 14:32; Ec 11:3; Dn 5:30; Lk 12:20; Ac 1:25; 1Th 5:2.
[21] Jb 34:7; 35:3; Ps 66:18; Ezk 14:4; Dn 3:16; 6:10; Mt 5:29; 13:21; 16:24; Ac 5:40; He 11:25; 1P 3:17; 4:15.
[22] 1S 2:7; Ps 75:7; 94:10, 12; Is 14:5; 48:17; 54:13; Jr 27:5; 31:38; Dn 4:25, 32; 5:18; Lk 1:52; Jn 6:45; Ro 13:1.
[23] Jb 8:3; 34:10, 13; 40:8; Is 40:13; Ro 2:5; 3:5; 9:14; 11:34; 1Co 2:16; Ep 1:11.

God's works are to be magnified.

24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. 25 Every man may see it; man may behold [it] afar off. 26 Behold, God [is] great, and we know [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. 27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: 28 Which the clouds do drop [and] distil upon man abundantly. 29 Also can [any] understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of his tabernacle? 30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea. 31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance. 32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it [not to shine] by [the cloud] that cometh betwixt. 33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.

[24] Dt 4:19; Jb 12:13; 26:5; Ps 19:1; 28:5; 34:3; 72:18; 86:8; 92:4; 104:24; 107:8, 15; 111:2, 8; 145:10; Jr 10:12; Dn 4:3, 37; Lk 1:46.
[26] 1K 8:27; Jb 11:7; 26:14; 37:5, 23; Ps 90:2; 102:24; 145:3; He 1:12; 2P 3:8.
[27] Gn 2:5; Jb 5:9; 36:33; 38:25, 34; Ps 65:9; 148:8; Is 5:6; Jr 14:22.
[28] Gn 7:11; Jb 37:11; Pv 3:20.
[29] 1K 18:44; Jb 37:2, 16; 38:9, 37; Ps 18:13; 29:3; 77:16; 104:3, 7; Na 1:3; Hab 3:10.
[30] Gn 1:9; Ex 14:22, 28; 15:4; Jb 38:8, 25, 34; Ps 18:11; 104:5; Lk 17:24.
[31] Gn 6:17; 7:17; 19:24; Ex 9:23; Dt 8:2, 15; Jsh 10:11; 1S 2:10; 7:10; 12:18; Jb 37:13; 38:22, 26; Ps 65:9; 104:13, 27; 136:25; Ac 14:17.
[32] Ex 10:21; Jb 26:9; Ps 18:11; 135:7; 147:8; 148:8; Ac 27:20.
[33] 2S 22:14; 1K 18:41; Jb 36:27, 29; 37:2; Jr 14:4; Jol 1:18; 2:22.


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