1Then Elihu continued, saying:
2Be patient with me a little longer, and I will inform you,
for there is still more to be said on God’s behalf.
3I will get my knowledge from a distant place
and ascribe justice to my Maker.
4Indeed, my words are not false;
one who has complete knowledge is with you.
5Yes, God is mighty, but he despises no one;
but he gives justice to the oppressed.
7He does not withdraw his gaze from the righteous,
but he seats them forever with enthroned kings,
and they are exalted.
8If people are bound with chains
and trapped by the cords of affliction,
9God tells them what they have done
and how arrogantly they have transgressed.
and tells them to repent from iniquity.
11If they listen and serve him,
they will end their days in prosperity
12But if they do not listen,
they will cross the river of death36:12 Or will perish by the sword
13Those who have a godless heart harbor anger;
even when God binds them, they do not cry for help.
14They die in their youth;
15God rescues the afflicted by their affliction;
he instructs them by their torment.
16Indeed, he lured you from the jaws36:16 Lit from a mouth of narrowness of distress
to a spacious and unconfined place.
Your table was spread with choice food.
17Yet now you are obsessed with the judgment due the wicked;
judgment and justice have seized you.
18Be careful that no one lures you with riches;36:18 Or you into mockery
19Can your wealth36:19 Or cry for help or all your physical exertion
20Do not long for the night
when nations will disappear from their places.
21Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity,
for that is why you have been tested by36:21 Or for you have preferred this to affliction.
22Look, God shows himself exalted by his power.
Who is a teacher like him?
23Who has appointed his way for him,
24Remember that you should praise his work,
25All mankind has seen it;
27For he makes waterdrops evaporate;36:27 Lit he draws in waterdrops
28which the clouds pour out
and shower abundantly on mankind.
29Can anyone understand how the clouds spread out
and covers the depths of the sea.
31For he judges the nations with these;
32He covers his hands with lightning
and commands it to hit its mark.
33The36:33 Lit His, or Its thunder declares his presence;36:33 Lit thunder announces concerning him or it
the cattle also, the approaching storm.