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Job Thirty Six

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said,

Job 36:2 Suffer me a little, and I will show thee that I have yet to speak 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 shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

Job 36:6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

Job 36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.

Job 36:8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

Job 36:9 Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

Job 36:10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Job 36:12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.

Job 36:14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.

Job 36:15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

Job 36:17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

Job 36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

Job 36:19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

Job 36:20 Desire not the night, when people 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 exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

Job 36:23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

Job 36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

Job 36:25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.

Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Job 36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

maketh small the drops. Here is remarkable scientific insight. The drops of water which eventually pour down as rain are, indeed “made small,” first being molecules in the vapor state, then condensing to tiny liquid water droplets in the clouds. These finally coalesce into drops large enough to overcome the updrafts and fall as rain when “by watering He wearieth the thick cloud” (Job 37:11).

Job 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.

Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

spreading of the clouds. Just how a cloud spreads out from a small cloudlet to become a cloud-covered sky is not fully understood by meteorologists even today.

the noise of his tabernacle. The usual words for “noise” and “tabernacle” are not used here. The word for noise refers to a sudden crashing noise (evidently thunder associated with the thick cloudbanks) and the tabernacle is something like a specially built lair, from which the sudden attack can be launched.

Job 36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Job 36:31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

Job 36:32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.

Job 36:33 The noise thereof showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.