|Job 36 |
1 Elihu also proceeded and said,
2 "Allow me a little longer, and I will show you what I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false; He who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 Behold, God is mighty and does not despise anyone. He is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives justice to the poor.
7 He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but sets them with kings on the throne; yes, he establishes them forever, and they are exalted.1
8 And if they are bound in fetters, and are held in cords of affliction;
9 Then He shows to them their work, and their defiant transgressions that they have committed.
10 He also opens their ear to discipline, and commands that they turn from iniquity.2
11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend 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 without knowledge.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath; they do not cry when He binds them.
14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15 He delivers the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
16 Even so he would have removed you out of your distress into a broad place, where there is no terror; and what would be set on your table would be full of fatness.
17 But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold on you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke; then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19 Will He esteem your riches? No, not gold, nor all the mighty forces of strength.
20 Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, do not turn to iniquity, for you have chosen it rather than affliction.3
22 Behold, God exalts by His power. Who teaches like Him?
23 Who has assigned Him his way? Or who can say, 'You have done unjustly?'
24 Remember that you magnify his work, of which men have sung.
25 Every man has seen it; man may behold it from far away.
26 Behold, God is great, and we do not know him, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27 For he draws up the drops of water; they pour down rain from his vapors,
28 Which the clouds drop and distill upon man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the thunder from his home?
30 Behold, He spreads his lightning upon it, and covers the bottom of the sea.
31 For by them He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance.
32 With clouds He covers the light; and commands it not to shine by the clouds that come between.
33 The noise of the thunder announces the storm's approach; even the cattle know the coming of the storm."
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1 He ..sets them with kings on the throne; These ancient men saw the Kingdom of Heaven that was not proclaimed until Jesus came to proclaim its availability;
I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God, ..because that is why I was sent. Luke 4:43.
And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev 1:6
And have made us kings and priests for our God, and we will reign on the earth. Rev 5:10.
2 He also opens their ear to discipline, and commands that they turn from iniquity. Elihu is saying that only a righteous man is corrected by God. It is more correct to say that the Holy Spirit will show a man his sins, if he sits in silence with humility, waiting on the Lord's word from within his heart, to teach him, convict him, command him, and change him.
3 Take heed, do not turn to iniquity, for you have chosen it rather than affliction. This is a severe accusation against Job. Because Job has complained that he does not understand why God has afflicted him, Elihu is condemning him as evil. Yet Job never sinned with his lips; he only pleaded his lack of understanding and begged for a chance to present his case to God, or to hear the accusations against himself from whomever might have any.
The man of the flesh cannot stand to hear a man of the spirit talking about righteousness, sinless living, purity — why? Because it convicts him for his sinning; because he wants to believe that sin is normal and impossible to be rid of, because it condemns his own lifestyle, because it condemns his own hypocritical religion — so the man of the flesh tries to silence the man of the spirit, tries to ridicule the man of the spirit, tries to persecute the man of the spirit, hates the man of the spirit, even tries to kill the man of the spirit.
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