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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

35

1 Moreover Elihu answered and
said:

CHAPTER 35 References

3 aJob 21:15;
34:9
4 aJob 34:8
5 aGen. 15:5;
[Job 22:12; Ps.
8:3] 6 aJob 7:20;
[Prov. 8:36;
Jer. 7:19] 7 aJob 22:2;
Ps. 16:2; Prov.
9:12; [Luke
17:10]; Rom.
11:35
9 aJob 34:28
10 aIs. 51:13
bJob 8:21; Ps.
42:8; 77:6;
149:5; Acts
16:25
11 aJob 36:22;
Ps. 94:12; [Is.
48:17]; Jer.
32:33; [1 Cor.
2:13] 12 aProv. 1:28
13 aJob 27:9;
[Prov. 15:29;
Is. 1:15]; Jer.
11:11; [Mic.
3:4] 14 aJob 9:11
b[Ps. 37:5, 6] 15 aPs. 89:32
16 aJob 34:35;
38:2

2 “Do you think this is right? Do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?
3 For ayou say, ‘What advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

4 “I will answer you, And ayour companions with you.
5 aLook to the heavens and see; And behold the clouds— They are higher than you.
6 If you sin, what do you accomplish aagainst Him? Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
7 aIf you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you, And your righteousness a son of man.

9 “Becausea of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, a‘Where is God my Maker, bWho gives songs in the night,
11 Who ateaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’
12 aThere they cry out, but He does not answer, Because of the pride of evil men.
13 aSurely God will not listen to empty talk, Nor will the Almighty regard it.
14 aAlthough you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and byou must wait for Him.
15 And now, because He has not apunished in His anger, Nor taken much notice of folly,
16 aTherefore Job opens his mouth in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge.”

Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness

36

1 Elihu also proceeded and said:

2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you That there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

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4 For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5 “Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; aHe is mighty in strength 1of understanding.
6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the aoppressed.
7 aHe does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But bthey are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.
8 And aif they are bound in 1fetters, Held in the cords of affliction,
9 Then He tells them their work and their transgressions— That they have acted 1defiantly.
10 aHe also opens their ear to 1instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve Him, They shall aspend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey, They shall perish by the sword, And they shall die 1without aknowledge.

13 “But the hypocrites in heart astore up wrath; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14 aThey1 die in youth, And their life ends among the 2perverted persons.
15 He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression.

16 “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, aInto a broad place where there is no restraint; And bwhat is set on your table would be full of crichness.
17 But you are filled with the judgment due the awicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For aa large ransom would not help you avoid it.
19 aWill your riches, Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?
20 Do not desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, ado not turn to iniquity,

CHAPTER 36 References

5 aJob 12:13,
16; 37:23 1of
heart
6 aJob 5:15
7 a[Ps. 33:18;
34:15] bPs.
113:8
8 aPs. 107:10
1chains
9 1proudly
10 aJob 33:16;
36:15 1discipline
11 a[Is. 1:19,
20] 12 aJob 4:21
1MT as one
without
knowledge
13 a[Rom. 2:5] 14 aPs. 55:23
1Lit. Their
soul dies
2Heb. qedeshim,
those
practicing
sodomy or
prostitution
in religious
rituals
16 aPs. 18:19;
31:8; 118:5
bPs. 23:5 cPs.
36:8
17 aJob 22:5,
10, 11
18 aPs. 49:7
19 a[Prov. 11:4] 21 a[Ps. 31:6;
66:18] b[Heb.
11:25] 23 aJob 34:13;
[Is. 40:13, 14] bJob 8:3
24 a[Rev. 15:3] 26 a[1 Cor.
13:12] bHeb.
1:12
27 aPs. 147:8
28 a[Prov. 3:20] 30 aJob 37:3
31 a[Acts
14:17] bPs.
104:14, 15
32 aPs. 147:8
1strike the
mark
33 a1 Kin.
18:41 1Lit.
what is rising

CHAPTER 37 References

3 1Or light
4 aPs. 29:3
5 aJob 5:9;
9:10; 36:26
6 aPs. 147:16,
17 1Lit.
shower of rain

JOB 37:6

For byou have chosen this rather than affliction.

22 “Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?
23 aWho has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, ‘You have done bwrong’?

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

24 “Remember to amagnify His work, Of which men have sung.
25 Everyone has seen it; Man looks on it from afar.

26 “Behold, God is great, and we ado not know Him; bNor can the number of His years be discovered.
27 For He adraws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist,
28 aWhich the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.
29 Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?
30 Look, He ascatters His light upon it, And covers the depths of the sea.
31 For aby these He judges the peoples; He bgives food in abundance.
32 aHe covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to 1strike.
33 aHis thunder declares it, The cattle also, concerning 1the rising storm.

37

1 “At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place.
2 Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth.
3 He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His 1lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 After it aa voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.
5 God thunders marvelously with His voice; aHe does great things which we cannot comprehend.
6 For aHe says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the 1gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.

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JOB 37:7

7 He seals the hand of every man, aThat ball men may know His work.
8 The beasts ago into dens, And remain in their lairs.
9 From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north.
10 aBy the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.
11 Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His 1bright clouds.
12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may ado whatever He commands them On the face of 1the whole earth.
13 aHe causes it to come, Whether for 1correction, Or bfor His land, Or cfor mercy.

14 “Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and aconsider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know when God 1dispatches them, And causes the light of His cloud to shine?
16 aDo you know how the clouds are balanced, Those wondrous works of bHim who is perfect in knowledge?
17 Why are your garments hot, When He quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 With Him, have you aspread out the bskies, Strong as a cast metal mirror?

19 “Teach us what we should say to Him, For we can prepare nothing because of the darkness.
20 Should He be told that I wish to speak? If a man were to speak, surely he would be swallowed up.
21 Even now men cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies, When the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 He comes from the north as golden splendor; With God is awesome majesty.
23 As for the Almighty, awe cannot find Him; bHe is excellent in power, In judgment and abundant justice; He does not oppress.
24 Therefore men afear Him; He shows no partiality to any who are bwise of heart.”

7 aPs. 109:27
bPs. 19:3, 4
8 aJob 38:40;
Ps. 104:21, 22
10 aJob 38:29,
30; Ps. 147:17,
18
11 1clouds of
light
12 aJob 36:32;
Ps. 148:8 1Lit.
the world of
the earth
13 aEx. 9:18,
23; 1 Sam.
12:18, 19 bJob
38:26, 27
c1 Kin.
18:41–46 1Lit.
a rod
14 aPs. 111:2
15 1places
them
16 aJob 36:29
bJob 36:4
18 aGen. 1:6;
[Is. 44:24] bJob 9:8; Ps.
104:2; [Is.
45:12; Jer.
10:12; Zech.
12:1] 23 a[Job 11:7,
8; Rom. 11:33,
34; 1 Tim.
6:16] b[Job
9:4; 36:5] 24 a[Matt.
10:28] b[Job
5:13; Matt.
11:25]; 1 Cor.
1:26

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PSALM 144

A Song to the LORD Who Preserves and Prospers His People

A Psalm of David.

1 BLESSED be the LORD my Rock, aWho trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues 1my people under me.

3 aLORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 aMan is like a breath; bHis days are like a passing shadow.

5 aBow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; bTouch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 aFlash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,

PSALM 144 References

1 a2 Sam.
22:35; Ps.
18:34
2 1So with
MT, LXX,Vg.;
Syr., Tg. the
peoples (cf.
18:47)
3 aJob 7:17;
Ps. 8:4; Heb.
2:6
4 aPs. 39:11
bJob 8:9; 14:2;
Ps. 102:11
5 aPs. 18:9; Is.
64:1 bPs.
104:32
6 aPs. 18:13, 14
8 aPs. 12:2
1empty or
worthless
9 aPs. 33:2, 3;
40:3
10 aPs. 18:50
1deliverance
12 aPs. 128:3
1corner pillars
14 1Lit. breach
15 aDeut.
33:29; [Ps.
33:12; Jer.
17:7]

8 Whose mouth aspeaks 1lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9 I will asing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 The One who gives 1salvation to kings, aWho delivers David His servant From the deadly sword.

11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood
12 That our sons may be aas plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as 1pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no 1breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 aHappy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

 
 

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