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Job 35 - 38

Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

35Elihu continued and said:
2 ‘Do you think this to be just?
   You say, “I am in the right before God.”
3 If you ask, “What advantage have I?
   How am I better off than if I had sinned?”
4 I will answer you
   and your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens and see;
   observe the clouds, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
   And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him;
   or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness affects others like you,
   and your righteousness, other human beings.


9 ‘Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;
   they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, “Where is God my Maker,
   who gives strength in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the animals of the earth,
   and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?”
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,
   because of the pride of evildoers.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
   nor does the Almighty* regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,
   that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,
   and he does not greatly heed transgression,*
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk,
   he multiplies words without knowledge.’

Elihu Exalts God’s Goodness

36Elihu continued and said:
2 ‘Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
   for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
3 I will bring my knowledge from far away,
   and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false;
   one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.


5 ‘Surely God is mighty and does not despise any;
   he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6 He does not keep the wicked alive,
   but gives the afflicted their right.
7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
   but with kings on the throne
   he sets them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they are bound in fetters
   and caught in the cords of affliction,
9 then he declares to them their work
   and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10 He opens their ears to instruction,
   and commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they listen, and serve him,
   they complete their days in prosperity,
   and their years in pleasantness.
12 But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword,
   and die without knowledge.


13 ‘The godless in heart cherish anger;
   they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14 They die in their youth,
   and their life ends in shame.*
15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction,
   and opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distress
   into a broad place where there was no constraint,
   and what was set on your table was full of fatness.


17 ‘But you are obsessed with the case of the wicked;
   judgement and justice seize you.
18 Beware that wrath does not entice you into scoffing,
   and do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your cry avail to keep you from distress,
   or will all the force of your strength?
20 Do not long for the night,
   when peoples are cut off in their place.
21 Beware! Do not turn to iniquity;
   because of that you have been tried by affliction.
22 See, God is exalted in his power;
   who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed for him his way,
   or who can say, “You have done wrong”?

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty


24 ‘Remember to extol his work,
   of which mortals have sung.
25 All people have looked on it;
   everyone watches it from far away.
26 Surely God is great, and we do not know him;
   the number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
   he distils* his mist in rain,
28 which the skies pour down
   and drop upon mortals abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
   the thunderings of his pavilion?
30 See, he scatters his lightning around him
   and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he governs peoples;
   he gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightning,
   and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing* tells about him;
   he is jealous* with anger against iniquity.

37‘At this also my heart trembles,
   and leaps out of its place.
2 Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice
   and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,
   and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
4 After it his voice roars;
   he thunders with his majestic voice
   and he does not restrain the lightnings* when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders wondrously with his voice;
   he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6 For to the snow he says, “Fall on the earth”;
   and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,
7 serves as a sign on everyone’s hand,
   so that all whom he has made may know it.*
8 Then the animals go into their lairs
   and remain in their dens.
9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
   and cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God ice is given,
   and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
   the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They turn round and round by his guidance,
   to accomplish all that he commands them
   on the face of the habitable world.
13 Whether for correction, or for his land,
   or for love, he causes it to happen.


14 ‘Hear this, O Job;
   stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them,
   and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
   the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
17 you whose garments are hot
   when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
   unyielding as a cast mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
   we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20 Should he be told that I want to speak?
   Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
21 Now, no one can look on the light
   when it is bright in the skies,
   when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendour;
   around God is awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty*—we cannot find him;
   he is great in power and justice,
   and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore mortals fear him;
   he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.’

The Lord Answers Job

38Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
   I will question you, and you shall declare to me.


4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
   Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
   Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
   or who laid its cornerstone
7 when the morning stars sang together
   and all the heavenly beings* shouted for joy?


8 ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors
   when it burst out from the womb?—
9 when I made the clouds its garment,
   and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed bounds for it,
   and set bars and doors,
11 and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
   and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?


12 ‘Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
   and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
   and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
   and it is dyed* like a garment.
15 Light is withheld from the wicked,
   and their uplifted arm is broken.


16 ‘Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
   or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
   or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
   Declare, if you know all this.


19 ‘Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
   and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
   and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 Surely you know, for you were born then,
   and the number of your days is great!


22 ‘Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
   or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
   for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
   or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?


25 ‘Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
   and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no one lives,
   on the desert, which is empty of human life,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
   and to make the ground put forth grass?


28 ‘Has the rain a father,
   or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
   and who has given birth to the hoar-frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
   and the face of the deep is frozen.


31 ‘Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
   or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
   or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
   Can you establish their rule on the earth?


34 ‘Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
   so that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
   and say to you, “Here we are”?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,*
   or given understanding to the mind?*
37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
   Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
   and the clods cling together?


39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
   or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens,
   or lie in wait in their covert?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
   when its young ones cry to God,
   and wander about for lack of food?

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