- Elihu proceeded further and said:
- Wait yet a little and I will instruct you, for there are still words to be said on God's behalf.
- I will bring my knowledge from afar, and to my Maker I will accord the right.
- For indeed, my theme cannot fail me: the one perfect in knowledge I set before you.
- 1 Behold, God rejects the obstinate in heart; he preserves not the life of the wicked.
- He withholds not the just man's rights, but grants vindication to the oppressed,
- And with kings upon thrones he sets them, exalted forever.
- Or if they are bound with fetters and held fast by bonds of affliction,
- Then he makes known to them what they have done and their sins of boastful pride.
- He opens their ears to correction and exhorts them to turn back from evil.
- If they obey and serve him, they spend their days in prosperity, their years in happiness.
- 2 But if they obey not, they perish; they die for lack of knowledge.
- The impious in heart lay up anger for themselves; they cry not for help when he enchains them;
- 3 Therefore they expire in youth, and perish among the reprobate.
- But he saves the unfortunate through their affliction, and instructs them through distress.
- Take heed, turn not to evil; for you have preferred carousal to affliction.
- Behold, God is sublime in his power. What teacher is there like him?
- Who prescribes for him his conduct, or who can say, "You have done wrong"?
- Remember, you should extol his work, which men have praised in song.
- All men contemplate it; man beholds it from afar.
- Lo, God is great beyond our knowledge; the number of his years is past searching out.
- He holds in check the waterdrops that filter in rain through his mists,
- Till the skies run with them and the showers rain down on mankind.
- 5 For by these he nourishes the nations, and gives them food in abundance.
- 6 Lo! he spreads the clouds in layers as the carpeting of his tent.
- In his hands he holds the lightning, and he commands it to strike the mark.
- His thunder speaks for him and incites the fury of the storm.
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Footnotes1 [5-21] Perhaps this section should be read between Job 34:6 and 7.
2 Knowledge: practical wisdom in serving God, which they lack because they refused it when warned (cf Job 36:10).
3 Reprobate: cf Deut 23:18-19.
4 [16-20] The Hebrew text here is in disorder. The Vulgate has: "Therefore he will give you most ample salvation from the narrow mouth which has no foundations beneath it; but the repose of your table will be filled with fatness. (Job 36:17) Your case has been judged as that of the wicked; case and judgment you will receive. (Job 36:18) Let no wrath, then, overcome you, that you oppress anyone; nor let numerous gifts mislead you. (Job 36:19) Lay down your greatness without tribulation, and all who are mighty in strength. (Job 36:20) Do not draw out the night, that people may go in place of them."
5 These: refers to the showers of Job 36:28 if the verse order indicated above is correct.
6 [30-31] Because of the uncertaintiy of the text, no translation of these verses has received unanimous approval from exegetes.
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