- Elihu also proceeded, and said,
- Suffer me a little, and I will show thee;
For I have yet somewhat to say on God’s behalf.
- I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
- For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
- Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength of understanding.
- He preserveth not the life of the wicked, But giveth to the afflicted [their] right.
- He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.
- And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions;
- Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
- He openeth also their ear to instruction, And commandeth that they return from iniquity.
- If they hearken and serve [him], They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
- But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.
- But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help when he bindeth them.
- They die in youth, And their life [perisheth] among the unclean.
- He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear in oppression.
- Yea, he would have allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness.
- But thou art full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
- For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements;
Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.
- Will thy cry avail, [that thou be] not in distress, Or all the forces of [thy] strength?
- Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.
- Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
- Behold, God doeth loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto him?
- Who hath enjoined him his way?
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
- Remember that thou magnify his work, Whereof men have sung.
- All men have looked thereon;
Man beholdeth it afar off.
- Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
The number of his years is unsearchable.
- For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor,
- Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly.
- Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion?
- Behold, he spreadeth his light around him;
And he covereth the bottom of the sea.
- For by these he judgeth the peoples;
He giveth food in abundance.
- He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.
- The noise thereof telleth concerning him, The cattle also concerning [the storm] that cometh up.