Job 35-37

Posted on October 11, 2011 by

(Based on the ESV Chronological Bible Reading Plan)

Job 35

Elihu Condemns Job

1And Elihu answered and said:
2“Do you think this to be just?
Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’
3that you ask, ‘What advantage have I?
How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
4I will answer you
and your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens, and see;
and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,
and your righteousness a son of man.

9“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;
they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.[a]
10But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
11who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
12There they cry out, but he does not answer,
because of the pride of evil men.
13Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
nor does the Almighty regard it.
14How much less when you say that you do not see him,
that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15And now, because his anger does not punish,
and he does not take much note of transgression,[b]
16Job opens his mouth in empty talk;
he multiplies words without knowledge.”

Job 36

Elihu Extols God’s Greatness

1And Elihu continued, and said:
2“Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
3I will get my knowledge from afar
and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4For truly my words are not false;
one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5“Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;
he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6He does not keep the wicked alive,
but gives the afflicted their right.
7He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
but with kings on the throne
he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
8And if they are bound in chains
and caught in the cords of affliction,
9then he declares to them their work
and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10He opens their ears to instruction
and commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they listen and serve him,
they complete their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasantness.
12But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword
and die without knowledge.

13“The godless in heart cherish anger;
they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14They die in youth,
and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15He delivers the afflicted by their affliction
and opens their ear by adversity.
16He also allured you out of distress
into a broad place where there was no cramping,
and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

17“But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;
judgment and justice seize you.
18Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,
and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress,
or all the force of your strength?
20Do not long for the night,
when peoples vanish in their place.
21Take care; do not turn to iniquity,
for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22Behold, God is exalted in his power;
who is a teacher like him?
23Who has prescribed for him his way,
or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?

24“Remember to extol his work,
of which men have sung.
25All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
26Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
27For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his mist in rain,
28which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?
30Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
31For by these he judges peoples;
he gives food in abundance.
32He covers his hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
33Its crashing declares his presence;
the cattle also declare that he rises.

Job 37

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

1“At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
2Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
4After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings[d] when his voice is heard.
5God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
7He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
8Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
9From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
10By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
12They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
13Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.

14“Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16Do you know the balancings[e] of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
17you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
19Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

21“And now no one looks on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”


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