Job 35-37 Bible in Basic English

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35 1  And Elihu made answer and said, 2  Does it seem to you to be right, and righteousness before God, to say, 3  What profit is it to me, and how am I better off than if I had done wrong? 4  I will make answer to you and to your friends: 5  Let your eyes be turned to the heavens, and lifted up to see the skies; they are higher than you. 6  If you have done wrong, is he any the worse for it? and if your sins are great in number, what is it to him? 7  If you are upright, what do you give to him? or what does he take from your hand? 8  Your evil-doing may have an effect on a man like yourself, or your righteousness on a son of man.

9  Because the hand of the cruel is hard on them, men are making sounds of grief; they are crying out for help because of the arm of the strong. 10  But no one has said, Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night; 11  Who gives us more knowledge than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heaven? 12  There they are crying out because of the pride of the evil-doers, but he gives them no answer. 13  But God will not give ear to what is false, or the Ruler of all take note of it;

14  How much less when you say that you do not see him; that the cause is before him, and you are waiting for him. 15  And now ... ; 16  And Job's mouth is open wide to give out what is of no profit, increasing words without knowledge.

Elihu Extols God's Greatness

36 1  And Elihu went on to say, 2  Give me a little more time, and I will make it clear to you; for I have still something to say for God. 3  I will get my knowledge from far, and I will give righteousness to my Maker. 4  For truly my words are not false; one who has all knowledge is talking with you.

5  Truly, God gives up the hard-hearted, and will not give life to the sinner. 6  His eyes are ever on the upright, and he gives to the crushed their right; 7  Lifting them up to the seat of kings, and making them safe for ever. 8  And if they have been prisoned in chains, and taken in cords of trouble, 9  Then he makes clear to them what they have done, even their evil works in which they have taken pride. 10  Their ear is open to his teaching, and he gives them orders so that their hearts may be turned from evil. 11  If they give ear to his voice, and do his word, then he gives them long life, and years full of pleasure. 12  But if not, they come to their end, and give up their breath without knowledge. 13  Those who have no fear of God keep wrath stored up in their hearts; they give no cry for help when they are made prisoners. 14  They come to their end while they are still young, their life is short like that of those who are used for sex purposes in the worship of their gods.

15  He makes the wrong done to the poor the way of their salvation, opening their ears by their trouble. 16  ... 17  ... 18  ... 19  ... 20  ... 21  Take care not to be turned to sin, for you have taken evil for your part in place of sorrow. 22  Truly God is lifted up in strength; who is a ruler like him? 23  Who ever gave orders to him, or said to him, You have done wrong?

24  See that you give praise to his work, about which men make songs. 25  All people are looking on it; man sees it from far. 26  Truly, God is great, greater than all our knowledge; the number of his years may not be searched out. 27  For he takes up the drops from the sea; he sends them through his mist as rain, 28  Flowing down from the sky, and dropping on the peoples. 29  And who has knowledge of how the clouds are stretched out, or of the thunders of his tent? 30  See, he is stretching out his mist, covering the tops of the mountains with it. 31  For by these he gives food to the peoples, and bread in full measure. 32  He takes the light in his hands, sending it against the mark. 33  The thunder makes clear his passion, and the storm gives news of his wrath.

37 1  At this my heart is shaking; it is moved out of its place. 2  Give ear to the rolling noise of his voice; to the hollow sound which goes out of his mouth. 3  He sends it out through all the heaven, and his thunder-flame to the ends of the earth. 4  After it a voice is sounding, thundering out the word of his power; he does not keep back his thunder-flames; from his mouth his voice is sounding. 5  He does wonders, more than may be searched out; great things of which we have no knowledge;

6  For he says to the snow, Make the earth wet; and to the rain-storm, Come down. 7  He puts an end to the work of every man, so that all may see his work. 8  Then the beasts go into their holes, and take their rest. 9  Out of its place comes the storm-wind, and the cold out of its store-houses. 10  By the breath of God ice is made, and the wide waters are shut in. 11  The thick cloud is weighted with thunder-flame, and the cloud sends out its light; 12  And it goes this way and that, round about, turning itself by his guiding, to do whatever he gives orders to be done, on the face of his world of men, 13  For a rod, or for a curse, or for mercy, causing it to come on the mark.

14  Give ear to this, O Job, and keep quiet in your place; and take note of the wonders worked by God. 15  Have you knowledge of God's ordering of his works, how he makes the light of his cloud to be seen? 16  Have you knowledge of the balancings of the clouds, the wonders of him who has all wisdom? 17  You, whose clothing is warm, when the earth is quiet because of the south wind, 18  Will you, with him, make the skies smooth, and strong as a polished looking-glass? 19  Make clear to me what we are to say to him; we are unable to put our cause before him, because of the dark. 20  How may he have knowledge of my desire for talk with him? or did any man ever say, May destruction come on me?

21  And now the light is not seen, for it is dark because of the clouds; but a wind comes, clearing them away. 22  A bright light comes out of the north; God's glory is greatly to be feared. 23  There is no searching out of the Ruler of all: his strength and his judging are great; he is full of righteousness, doing no wrong. 24  For this cause men go in fear of him; he has no respect for any who are wise in heart.

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