Job 36 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 36


Job 36:1

Elihu also proceeded, and said,

Job 36:2

Suffer me a little, and I will show thee; For I have yet somewhat to say on God’s behalf.

Job 36:3

I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Job 36:4

For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Job 36:5

Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength of understanding.

Job 36:6

He preserveth not the life of the wicked, But giveth to the afflicted [their] right.

Job 36:7

He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted.

Job 36:8

And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions;

Job 36:9

Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.

Job 36:10

He openeth also their ear to instruction, And commandeth that they return from iniquity.

Job 36:11

If they hearken and serve [him], They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

Job 36:12

But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.

Job 36:13

But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help when he bindeth them.

Job 36:14

They die in youth, And their life [perisheth] among the unclean.

Job 36:15

He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear in oppression.

Job 36:16

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.

Job 36:17

But thou art full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice take hold [on thee].

Job 36:18

For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside.

Job 36:19

Will thy cry avail, [that thou be] not in distress, Or all the forces of [thy] strength?

Job 36:20

Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

Job 36:21

Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

Job 36:22

Behold, God doeth loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto him?

Job 36:23

Who hath enjoined him his way? Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?

Job 36:24

Remember that thou magnify his work, Whereof men have sung.

Job 36:25

All men have looked thereon; Man beholdeth it afar off.

Job 36:26

Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable.

Job 36:27

For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor,

Job 36:28

Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly.

Job 36:29

Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion?

Job 36:30

Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; And he covereth the bottom of the sea.

Job 36:31

For by these he judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance.

Job 36:32

He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

Job 36:33

The noise thereof telleth concerning him, The cattle also concerning [the storm] that cometh up.

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