The Bible in Its Traditions

Job 36:1–33

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Elihu also proceeded, and said

And Elius further continued, and said,

Continuing in a similar manner, Eliu had this to say

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Suffer me a little, and I will tell thee; for there are yet words on God's behalf.

Wait from me yet a little while, that I may teach thee: for there is yet speech in me.

Bear with me for a little while and I will show you; for I have still more to say in favor of God.

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I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Having fetched my knowledge from afar, and according to my works,

I will review my knowledge from the beginning, and I will prove my Maker to be just.

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For truly my words are not false; one that is upright in mind is with thee.

I will speak just things truly, and thou shalt not unjustly receive unjust words.

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Behold, God is mighty, yet He despiseth not any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.

But know that the Lord will not cast off an innocent man: being mighty in strength of wisdom,

God does not abandon the powerful, for he himself is also powerful.

He preserveth not the life of the wicked; but giveth to the poor their right.

he will not by any means save alive the ungodly: and he will grant the judgement of the poor.

But he does not save the impious, though he grants judgment to the poor.

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He withdraweth not His eyes from the righteous; but with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.

He will not turn away his eyes from the righteous, but they shall be with kings on the throne: and he will establish them in triumph, and they shall be exalted.

He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous; he sets kings on the throne; yea, they are exalted for ever.

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And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

But they that are bound in fetters shall be holden in cords of poverty.

And, if they are in captivity, or are bound with the chains of poverty,

Then He declareth unto them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.

And he shall recount to them their works, and their transgressions, for such will act with violence.

he will reveal to them their works, as well as their sinfulness, in that they were violent.

10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

10  But he will hearken to the righteous: and he has said that they shall turn from unrighteousness.

10  Likewise, he will open their ears to his correction, and he will speak to them, so that they may return from iniquity.

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11  If they hearken and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

11  If they listen and obey, they will fill their days with goodness and complete their years in glory.

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12  But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

12  But he preserves not the ungodly; because they are not willing to know the Lord, and because when reproved they were disobedient.

12  But if they will not listen, they will pass away by the sword and will be consumed by foolishness.

13  But they that are godless in heart lay up anger; they cry not for help when He bindeth them.

13  And the hypocrites in heart will array wrath against themselves; they will not cry, because he has bound them.

13  The false and the crafty provoke the wrath of God, yet they do not cry out to him when they are chained.

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14  Their soul perisheth in youth, and their life as that of the depraved.

14  Therefore let their soul die in youth, and their life be wounded by messengers of death.

14  They shall die in youth, and their life is snatched by famine.

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15  He delivereth the afflicted by His affliction, and openeth their ear by tribulation.

15  But the meek shall be delivered through his meekness, and he opens their way in time of oppression.

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16  Yea, He hath allured thee out of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which is set on thy table is full of fatness;

16  And he has also enticed thee out of the mouth of the enemy

16  Therefore, he will save you from the narrow mouth very widely, even though it has no foundation under it. Moreover, your respite at table will be full of fatness.

17  And thou art full of the judgment of the wicked; judgment and justice take hold on them.

17  there is a deep gulf and a rushing stream beneath it, and thy table came down full of fatness. Judgment shall not fail from the righteous;

17  Your case has been judged like that of the impious; you will withdraw your plea and your judgment.

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18  For beware of wrath, lest thou be led away by thy sufficiency; neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

18  He will not threaten you with a raging anger, nor will he cause you to be in need of a great ransom.

19  Will thy riches avail, that are without stint, or all the forces of thy strength?

19  He shall join you, that he may deliver you; you shall not be distressed by any of those who are mighty in power.

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20  Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off in their place.

20  And draw not forth all the mighty men by night, so that the people should go up instead of them.

20  He shall deliver you from those who drive you away in the night, and give peoples for your sake, and the nations for your life.

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21  Take heed, regard not iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

21  But take heed lest thou do that which is wrong: for of this thou has made choice because of poverty.

21  Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity; for, after your misery, you have begun to follow this.

22  Behold, God doeth loftily in His power; who is a teacher like Him?

22  Behold, the Mighty One shall prevail by his strength: for who is powerful as he is?

22  Behold, God is exalted in his strength, and there is no one like him among the law-givers.

23  Who hath enjoined Him His way? Or who hath said: 'Thou hast wrought unrighteousness'?

23  And who is he that examines his works? or who can say, he has wrought injustice?

23  Who is able to investigate his ways? And who can say, “You have done iniquity,” to him?

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24  Remember that thou magnify His work, whereof men have sung.

24  Remember that his works are great beyond those which men have attempted.

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25  All men have looked thereon; man beholdeth it afar off.

25  Every man has seen in himself, how many mortals are wounded.

25  All men consider him; and each one ponders from a distance.

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26  Behold, God is great, beyond our knowledge; the number of His years is unsearchable.

26  Behold, the Mighty One is great, and we shall not know him: the number of his years is even infinite.

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27  For He draweth away the drops of water, which distil rain from His vapour;

27  And the drops of rain are numbered by him, and shall be poured out in rain to form a cloud.

27  For if we should number the pillars of the heaven, and bind the drops of rain by themselves, which the skies do drop in their season;

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28  Which the skies pour down and drop upon the multitudes of men.

28  The ancient heavens shall flow, and the clouds overshadow innumerable mortals: he has fixed a time to cattle, and they know the order of rest. Yet by all these things thy understanding is not astonished, neither is thy mind disturbed in thy body.

28  they flow from the clouds that are woven above everything.

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29  Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, the crashings of His pavilion?

29  And though one should understand the outspreadings of the clouds, or the measure of his tabernacle;

29  If he wills it, he extends the clouds as his tent

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30  Behold, He spreadeth His light upon it; and He covereth the depths of the sea.

30  behold he will stretch his bow against him, and he covers the bottom of the sea.

30  and shines with his light from above; likewise, he covers the oceans within his tent.

31  For by these He judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

31  For by them he will judge the nations: he will give food to him that has strength.

31  For he judges the people by these things, and he gives food to a multitude of mortals.

32  He covereth His hands with the lightning, and giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

32  He has hidden the light in his hands, and given charge concerning it to the interposing cloud.

32  Within his hands, he hides the light, and he commands it to come forth again.

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33  The noise thereof telleth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up.

33  He announces it to his friend, for it is his possession and he is able to reach out to it.

33  He shows his possessions to his friends, and to the wicked also.