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THEN Elihu added, and said,
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Bear with me a little, and I will show you;
for there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.
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I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
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For truly my words are not deceitful, and my knowledge is blameless with you.
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Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise him who is pure as milk.
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He does not preserve the life of the wicked;
but gives justice to the poor.
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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 chains, then they go down through destruction to poverty.
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Then he shows them their works, and their transgression because they have exceeded their power.
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He opens also their ears to discipline, and commands that they return from iniquity.
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If they obey and serve him, they will spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures.
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But if they do not obey, they shall perish by destruction, and they shall perish without knowledge.
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But the hypocrites in heart shall be consumed, they shall not cry for help;
yet they shall cry angrily when he binds them.
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They shall die in youth, and their life is snatched by famine.
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¶ But the meek shall be delivered through his meekness, and he opens their way in time of oppression.
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Even so he shall deliver you from the mouth of the mocker, and give you rest instead of distress;
and he shall prepare a table with rich food.
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But he shall judge the wicked to the limit: judgment and justice shall take hold on them.
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He will not threaten you with a raging anger, nor will he cause you to be in need of a great ransom.
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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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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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Take heed, that you may not return to iniquity: because for this you were tried by poverty.
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Behold, God is mighty in power: who can teach like him?
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Who has enjoined him his way?
Or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
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Remember that his works are great, and all men have praised him.
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All the peoples have seen it, and beheld it from afar.
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Behold, God is great, and we know him not, the number of his years is unsearchable.
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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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And which the clouds pour down upon men, and cause them to be exceedingly glad;
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Who can understand these things, or the spreading of the clouds out of the greatness of his tabernacle?
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Behold, he spreads his light upon it, and covers the bottom of the sea.
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For by these he judges the people;
and he gives food to many.
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He covers the light with the clouds, and then it shines upon them again that they may greet it.
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He shows his possessions to his friends, and to the wicked also.