His final word to Job
And Elihu added this and said,
Bear with me a little, and I will show you;
For there is more to say for God.
I will bring my knowledge from afar
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words are not false;
One perfect in 1knowledge
is with you.
Indeed, God is mighty and does not despise;
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
He does not preserve the wicked man alive,
But gives justice to the afflicted.
He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
And with kings on the throne,
He sets them forever, and they are exalted.
And if they are bound in fetters,
If they are caught in the cords of affliction,
He shows them their work
And their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly.
He also opens their ear to instruction
And commands that they return from iniquity.
If they hear and serve Him,
They will spend their days in prosperity
And their years in pleasantness.
But if they do not hear, they will pass away by the sword
And die without knowledge.
But those who are profane in heart alay
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
They die in youth,
And their life ends among the most defiled.
He rescues the afflicted by their affliction
And opens their ear through oppression.
Indeed He allures you from the jaws of distress
Into a spacious place, where there is no constraint;
And what is upon your table is full of fatness.
But you are filled with the judgment of the wicked;
Judgment and litigation have taken hold of you.
Beware lest wrath allures you into scoffing,
And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
Will your cry keep you from being in distress,
Or all the forces of your strength?
Do not long for the night,
When people are taken from their place.
Take heed; do not turn toward iniquity;
For you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Indeed, God is exalted in His power:
Who is a teacher like Him?
Who has appointed His way for Him?
And who says, You have done wrong?
Remember to magnify His work,
Of which men sing.
All mankind has gazed on it;
Man beholds it from afar.
Indeed, God is great, and we do not know Him;
The number of His years we also cannot search out.
For He draws up the drops of water
Which distill into arain
from His mist,
Which the skies pour down
And drop upon man abundantly.
Can they indeed understand the spreading of the clouds,
The thunderings of His pavilion?
Indeed, He scatters His lightning around Him
And covers the roots of the sea.
For by these He judges the peoples;
He gives afood
He fills His hands with lightning
And commands it to strike the mark.
Its noise tells of Him;
The cattle as well tell concerning Him who is coming.