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Job 36

Elihu sheweth how God is just in his ways.

Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said, Job 36:2 Suffer me a little, and I will show thee; For I have yet somewhat to say on God's behalf. Job 36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. Job 36:4 For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength of understanding. Job 36:6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked, But giveth to the afflicted [their] right. Job 36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted. Job 36:8 And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions; Job 36:9 Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly. Job 36:10 He openeth also their ear to instruction, And commandeth that they return from iniquity. Job 36:11 If they hearken and serve [him], They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. Job 36:12 But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge. Job 36:13 But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help when he bindeth them. Job 36:14 They die in youth, And their life [perisheth] among the unclean. Job 36:15 He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear in oppression.

How Job's sins hinder God's blessings.

Job 36:16 Yea, he would have allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness. Job 36:17 But thou art full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice take hold [on thee]. Job 36:18 For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside. Job 36:19 Will thy cry avail, [that thou be] not in distress, Or all the forces of [thy] strength? Job 36:20 Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place. Job 36:21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. Job 36:22 Behold, God doeth loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto him? Job 36:23 Who hath enjoined him his way? Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?

God's works are to be magnified.

Job 36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, Whereof men have sung. Job 36:25 All men have looked thereon; Man beholdeth it afar off. Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable. Job 36:27 For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor, Job 36:28 Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly. Job 36:29 Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion? Job 36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; And he covereth the bottom of the sea. Job 36:31 For by these he judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance. Job 36:32 He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark. Job 36:33 The noise thereof telleth concerning him, The cattle also concerning [the storm] that cometh up.

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