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1 ELIHU TALKS EVEN MORE:

2 »Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God’s behalf.

3 »I get my knowledge from afar. I ascribe justice to my Maker.

4 »Be assured that my words are not false! One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5 »God is mighty, but does not despise men. He is mighty in strength of understanding.

6 »He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.

7 »He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous. He enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

8 »But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,

9 he tells them what they have done, that they have sinned arrogantly.

10 »He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

11 »If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

12 »However if they do not obey, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

13 »The godless in heart harbor resentment. Even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.

14 »They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.

15 »But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.

16 »He would bring you out of the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

17 »Now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked. Judgment and justice have taken hold of you.

18 »Be careful that no one entices you by riches. Do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

19 »Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?

20 »Do not desire the night, to drag people away from their homes.

21 »Do not turn to evil. You seem to prefer evil to affliction.

22 »God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

23 »Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him: You have done wrong?

24 »Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song.

25 »All mankind has seen it. Men gaze on it from afar.

26 »How great is God! He is beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

27 »He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams.

28 »The clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.

29 »Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?

30 « See how he scatters his lightning, bathing the depths of the sea.

31 »This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.

32 »He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

33 »His thunder announces the coming storm. Even the cattle make known its approach.