Chapter 34

JOB.34:1 Elihu further answered and said:
JOB.34:2 “Hear my words, you wise men; Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
JOB.34:3 For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.
JOB.34:4 Let us choose justice for ourselves; Let us know among ourselves what is good.
JOB.34:5 “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous, But God has taken away my justice;
JOB.34:6 Should I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’
JOB.34:7 What man is like Job, Who drinks scorn like water,
JOB.34:8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?
JOB.34:9 For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God.’
JOB.34:10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.
JOB.34:11 For He repays man according to his work, And makes man to find a reward according to his way.
JOB.34:12 Surely God will never do wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.
JOB.34:13 Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world?
JOB.34:14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
JOB.34:15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.
JOB.34:16 “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to the sound of my words:
JOB.34:17 Should one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is most just?
JOB.34:18 Is it fitting to say to a king, ‘You are worthless,’ And to nobles, ‘You are wicked’?
JOB.34:19 Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.
JOB.34:20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; The people are shaken and pass away; The mighty are taken away without a hand.
JOB.34:21 “For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.
JOB.34:22 There is no darkness nor shadow of death Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
JOB.34:23 For He need not further consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.
JOB.34:24 He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.
JOB.34:25 Therefore he knows their works; He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
JOB.34:26 He strikes them as wicked men In the open sight of others,
JOB.34:27 Because they turned back from Him, And would not consider any of His ways,
JOB.34:28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; For He hears the cry of the afflicted.
JOB.34:29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can see Him, Whether it is against a nation or a man alone? –
JOB.34:30 That the hypocrite should not reign, Lest the people be ensnared.
JOB.34:31 “For has anyone said to God, ‘I have borne chastening; I will offend no more;
JOB.34:32 Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?
JOB.34:33 Should He repay it according to your terms, Just because you disavow it? You must choose, and not I; Therefore speak what you know.
JOB.34:34 “Men of understanding say to me, Wise men who listen to me:
JOB.34:35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.’
JOB.34:36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost, Because his answers are like those of wicked men!
JOB.34:37 For he adds rebellion to his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.”

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