1Elihu went on speaking. He said: 2Be patient a little longer while I explain, for I have more to say on God's behalf. 3I shal range far afield for my arguments to prove my Maker just. 4I guarantee, nothing I shal say wil be untrue: you have a man of sound learning here. 5God does not reject anyone whose heart is pure 6or let the sinner live on in al his power. He does accord fair judgement to the afflicted; 7he does uphold what the upright deserve. When he raises kings to thrones, if they grow proud of theirunending rule, 8then he fetters them with chains, they are caught in the bonds of affliction. 9He shows them the import of their deeds, of the sins of pride they have committed. 10In their ears he sounds a warning, ordering them to turn back from doing wrong. 11If they take notice and obey him, the rest of their days are prosperous and the years pass pleasantly. 12If not, they go down the Canal and perish in their stupidity. 13The stubborn, who cherish their anger and do not cry for help when he chains them, 14die in the bloom of youth or live among the male prostitutes of the temple. 15But God saves the afflicted by his affliction, warning him in his misery. 16You, too, he would like to snatch from torment. While you were enjoying boundless abundance, withrich food piled high on your table, 17you did not bring the wicked to trial and did not give fair judgement to the orphan. 18Beware of being led astray by abundance, of being corrupted by expensive presents. 19Take the powerful to law, not merely the penniless, those whose arm is strong, not merely the weak. 20Do not crush people you do not know to instal your relations in their place. 21Avoid any tendency to wrong-doing, for this is why affliction is testing you now. 22See, God is sublime in his strength and who can teach lessons as he does? 23Who has even told him which course to take, or dared to say to him, 'You have done wrong'? 24Consider, rather, how you may praise his work, a theme that many have sung. 25This is something that everyone can see, gazing, as we do, from afar. 26Yes, the greatness of God exceeds our knowledge, the number of his years is past counting. 27It is he who makes the raindrops smal and pulverises the rain into mist. 28And the clouds then pour this out, sending it streaming down on the human race. 29And who can fathom how he spreads the clouds, or why such crashes thunder from his tent? 30He spreads a mist before him and covers the tops of the mountains. 31By these means, he sustains the peoples, giving them plenty to eat. 32He gathers up the lightning in his hands, assigning it the mark where to strike. 33His crashing gives warning of its coming, anger flashes out against iniquity.
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