Job 34

1Moreover Elihu answered, and said, 2Hear my words, ye wise men, and give ear to me, ye who have knowledge. 3For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food. 4Let us choose for us that which is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good. 5For Job has said, I am righteous, and God has taken away my right. 6Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar. My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression. 7What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water, 8saying, I have not sinned, nor committed unrighteousness, nor had fellowship with workers of iniquity to go with the profane. 9For thou should not say, There shall be no visitation to a man, whereas visitation is to him from the Lord. 10Therefore hearken to me, ye men of understanding. Far be it from me to sin before the Lord, and pervert righteousness before the Almighty. 11For the work of a man he will render to him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. 12Yea, certainly God will not do wrong. Neither will the Almighty pervert justice. 13Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who has disposed the whole world? 14If he sets his heart upon himself, if he gathers his spirit and his breath to himself, 15all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust. 16If now thou be understanding, hear this. Hearken to the voice of words. 17Behold thou him who hates lawlessness, and who destroys evil men, who is forever righteousness, 18him who says to a king, Thou are vile, to ranking men, Ye are wicked, 19who does not respect the persons of rulers, nor regards the rich more than the poor. For they all are the work of his hands. 20In a moment they die, even at midnight. The people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away without hand. 21For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, and he sees all his goings. 22There is no darkness, nor thick gloom where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he needs no further to consider a man, that he should go before God in judgment. 24He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, and sets others in their stead. 25Therefore he takes knowledge of their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 26He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others 27because they turned aside from following him, and would not have regard in any of his ways, 28so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, and he heard the cry of the afflicted. 29When he gives quietness, who then can condemn? And when he hides his face, who then can behold him? It is the same whether to a nation, or to a man, 30that the profane man not reign, that there be none to ensnare the people. 31For has any said to God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more. 32Teach thou me that which I do not see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more? 33Shall his recompense be as thou desire, that thou refuse it? For thou must choose, and not I. Therefore speak what thou know. 34Men of understanding will say to me, yes, every wise man who hears me, 35Job speaks without knowledge, and his words are without wisdom. 36But surely not. Learn thou Job not to still give an answer like the foolish, 37so that we may not add to our sins, and lawlessness will be reckoned against us, speaking many words before the Lord.
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