- And Elihu proceeded and said,
- Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet words for +God.
- I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator.
- For truly my words shall be no falsehood: one perfect in knowledge is with thee.
- Lo, God is mighty, but despiseth not [any];
mighty in strength of understanding:
- He saveth not the wicked alive;
but he doeth justice to the afflicted.
- He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne doth he even set them for ever;
and they are exalted.
- And if, bound in fetters, they be held in cords of affliction,
- Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions, because they have increased.
- And he openeth their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
- If they hearken and serve [him], they shall accomplish their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
- But if they hearken not, they shall pass away by the sword, and expire without knowledge.
- But the godless in heart heap up anger;
they cry not when he bindeth them:
- Their soul dieth in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
- But he delivereth the afflicted in his affliction, and openeth their ear in [their] oppression.
- Even so would he have allured thee out of the jaws of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
and the supply of thy table [would be] full of fatness.
- But thou art full of the judgments of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
- Because there is wrath, [beware] lest it take thee away through chastisement: then a great ransom could not avail thee.
- Will he esteem thy riches?
Not gold, nor all the resources of strength!
- Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off from their place.
- Take heed, turn not to iniquity;
for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
- Lo, God is exalted in his power: who teacheth as he?
- Who hath appointed him his way?
or who hath said, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
- Remember that thou magnify his work, which men celebrate.
- All men look at it;
man beholdeth [it] afar off.
- Lo, God is great, and we comprehend [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
- For he draweth up the drops of water: they distil in rain from the vapour which he formeth,
- Which the skies pour down [and] drop upon man abundantly.
- But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the crashing of his pavilion?
- Lo, he spreadeth his light around him, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
- For with them he judgeth the peoples;
he giveth food in abundance.
- [His] hands he covereth with lightning, and commandeth it where it is to strike.
- His thundering declareth concerning him;
the cattle even, concerning its coming.