Bishops' Bible

Job 36

Elihu sheweth how God is just in his ways.

Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and saide: Job 36:2 Holde thee still a litle, & I shall shew thee what I haue yet to speake on gods behalfe. Job 36:3 I wyll open vnto thee yet farre higher knowledge, and wil ascribe righteousnesse vnto my maker. Job 36:4 And truely my wordes shall not be vaine, seeing he is with thee that is perfect in knowledge. Job 36:5 Beholde, the great God casteth away no man, for he him selfe is mightie in power and wysdome. Job 36:6 As for the vngodly he shall not preserue him, but shall helpe the poore to their right. Job 36:7 He shal not turne his eyes away from the righteous, but as kinges shal they be in their throne, he shal stablish them for euer, and they shalbe exalted. Job 36:8 But if they be layde in chaynes, or bounde with the bondes of trouble, Job 36:9 Then wyll he shew them their worke, & their sinnes which haue ouercome them. Job 36:10 He with punishing and nurturing of them, roundeth them in the eares, warneth them to leaue of from their wickednesse, and to amende. Job 36:11 If they now wyll take heede & serue him, they shal weare out their dayes in prosperitie, and their yeres in pleasure. Job 36:12 But if they wil not hearken, they shal go through the sworde, and perishe or euer they be aware. Job 36:13 As for hypocrites in heart, they shall heape vp wrath [for them selues] for they call not vpon him, though they be his prisoners. Job 36:14 Thus shal their soule perishe in foolishnes, and their lyfe among the fornicatours. Job 36:15 The poore shall he deliuer out of his affliction, and rounde them in the eare when they be in trouble.

How Job's sins hinder God's blessings.

Job 36:16 Euen so would he take thee out of the straite place, into a brode place in the which there is no straitnes: yea, & make thy table quiet replenished with fatnesse. Job 36:17 Neuerthelesse, thou hast commended the iudgement of the vngodly, and euen such a iudgement & sentence shalt thou suffer. Job 36:18 And seeing there is wrath with God, beware lest he take thee away in thy wealth, & all that thou hast to redeeme thee can not deliuer thee. Job 36:19 Thinkest thou that he wyll regarde thy riches? he shall not care for golde, nor for all them that excell in strength. Job 36:20 Spend not the night in carefull thoughtes, how he destroyeth some, and bringeth other in their place. Job 36:21 But beware that thou turne not aside to wickednesse and sinne, which hitherto thou hast chosen more then affliction. Job 36:22 Beholde, God is of a mightie hie power: Where is there such a guide and lawe geuer as he? Job 36:23 Who wyll reproue him of his way? Who wil say vnto him, Thou hast done wrong?

God's works are to be magnified.

Job 36:24 Remember that thou do magnifie his worke which men do praise, Job 36:25 All men see it, yea men do beholde it a farre of. Job 36:26 Beholde, so great is God that he passeth our knowledge, neither can the number of his yeres be searched out. Job 36:27 Sometime he restrayneth the rayne, and againe he sendeth rayne by his cloudes: Job 36:28 Which rayne the cloudes do droppe, and let fall aboundantly vpon men. Job 36:29 Who can consider the spreadinges out of his cloudes, the coueringes of his tabernacle? Job 36:30 Behold, he doth stretch his light vpon it, and couereth the bottome of the sea. Job 36:31 For by these gouerneth he his people, and geueth them aboundance of meate. Job 36:32 With the cloudes he hydeth the light, and at his commaundement it breaketh out: Job 36:33 Which dashing vpon the next cloudes, shew tokens of wrath.

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