1Elihu also proceeded, and said, 2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.36.2 I have…: Heb. there are yet words for God 3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.36.5 wisdom: Heb. heart 6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.36.6 poor: or, afflicted 7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted. 8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; 9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. 10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. 11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. 12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.36.12 perish: Heb. pass away 13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. 14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.36.14 They…: Heb. Their soul dieth36.14 unclean: or, sodomites
15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.36.15 poor: or, afflicted 16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.36.16 that…: Heb. the rest of thy table 17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.36.17 take…: or, should uphold thee 18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.36.18 deliver…: Heb. turn thee aside 19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place. 21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. 22Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him? 23Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. 25Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. 26Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. 27For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: 28Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. 29Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? 30Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.36.30 bottom: Heb. roots 31For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance. 32With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt. 33The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.36.33 the vapour: Heb. that which goeth up