JOB 34

Jb 34:1Then Elihu continued and said,

Jb 34:2Hear my words, you wise men; / And you who know, give ear to me.

Jb 34:3For the ear tries words / As the palate tastes food.

Jb 34:4Let us choose for ourselves what is right; / Let us know among ourselves what is good.

Jb 34:5For Job has said, I am righteous, / And God has taken away my right;

Jb 34:6Should I lie against my right? / My arrow wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.

Jb 34:7What man is like Job, / Who drinks up scoffing like water,

Jb 34:8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity / And walks with wicked men?

Jb 34:9For he has said, It does not profit a man / To delight himself in God.

Jb 34:10Therefore, you men of understanding, hear me: / Far be it from God that He would do evil, / And from the Almighty that He would commit iniquity.

Jb 34:11For He will render a man’s work to him / And will cause a man to find that which is according to his own way.

Jb 34:12Indeed in all certainty God will not do evil, / And the Almighty will not pervert justice.

Jb 34:13Who has ever put the earth in His charge? / Or who has ever set in order the whole world?

Jb 34:14If He were to consider Himself only, / He would gather back to Himself His spirit and His breath;

Jb 34:15All flesh would perish together, / And man would return to dust.

Jb 34:16If then you have understanding, hear this; / Give ear to the voice of my words.

Jb 34:17Shall one who hates justice govern? / And will you condemn the just and mighty One,

Jb 34:18He who says to a king, You worthless one! / And to nobles, You wicked one!

Jb 34:19He who does not respect the persons of princes, / Nor regard the rich man more than the poor, / For they are all the work of His hands?

Jb 34:20In a moment they die, and in the middle of the night / The people are shaken, and they pass away; / And the mighty are taken away, but by no human hand.

Jb 34:21For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, / And He sees all his steps.

Jb 34:22There is no darkness and no shadow of death / Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Jb 34:23For He does not need to consider a man further, / That he should go to God in litigation.

Jb 34:24He breaks mighty men in pieces without inquiry / And puts others in their stead.

Jb 34:25Hence He knows their actions, / And He overturns them in the night so that they are crushed.

Jb 34:26He strikes them as He would evil men, / In a place where all can see;

Jb 34:27Because they turned aside from following after Him / And would not regard any of His ways,

Jb 34:28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, / And He heard the cry of the afflicted.

Jb 34:29When He is silent, who can condemn Him? / When He hides His face, who can behold Him? / He does so toward a nation and toward a man alike,

Jb 34:30That no profane man would reign, that there would be no snares for the people.

Jb 34:31For has anyone ever said to God, / I have borne chastisement; I will offend no more;

Jb 34:32What I do not see teach me; / If I have committed iniquity, I will do it no more?

Jb 34:33Should He recompense to fit you, since you have rejected it? / For you must choose, and not I. / So speak what you know.

Jb 34:34Men of understanding will say to me, / As well as the man of wisdom who hears me,

Jb 34:35Job has spoken without knowledge, / And his words are without insight.

Jb 34:36I wish that Job were tried to the limit / Because of his answering like evil men.

Jb 34:37For he adds rebellion to his sin; / Among us he claps his hands / And multiplies his words against God.

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