Job 34

Elihu Vindicates God’s Justice

1Then Elihu continued and said, 2Hear my words, you wise men,
And listen to me, you who know.
3“For a  the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
4Let us choose for ourselves what is right;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
5For Job has said, ‘ b  I am righteous,
But c  God has taken away my right;
Or Although I am right I am accounted a liar
Should I lie concerning my right?
Lit arrow
f  wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’
7What man is like Job,
Who g  drinks up derision like water,
8Who goes h  in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walks with wicked men?
9For he has said, ‘ i  It profits a man nothing
When he
Or takes delight in God
is pleased with God.’

10Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding.
Far be it from God to k  do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to do wrong.
11For He pays a man according to l  his work,
And makes
Lit a man
him find it according to his way.
12Surely n  God will not act wickedly,
And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
13Who o  gave Him authority over the earth?
And who p  has laid on Him the whole world?
14If He should
Lit set His mind on Himself
determine to do so,
If He should r  gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
15All s  flesh would perish together,
And man would t  return to dust.

16But if you have understanding, hear this;
Listen to the sound of my words.
17“Shall u  one who hates justice rule?
And v  will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
18Who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’
To nobles, ‘Wicked ones’;
19Who shows no w  partiality to princes
Nor regards the rich above the poor,
For they all are the x  work of His hands?
20In a moment they die, and y  at midnight
People are shaken and pass away,
And z  the mighty are taken away without a hand.

21“For aa  His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his steps.
22There is ab  no darkness or deep shadow
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23“For He does not ac  need to consider a man further,
That he should go before God in judgment.
24He breaks in pieces ad  mighty men without inquiry,
And sets others in their place.
25Therefore He ae  knows their works,
And af  He overthrows them in the night,
And they are crushed.
26“He ag  strikes them like the wicked
Lit In the place of the ones seeing
In a public place,
27Because they ai  turned aside from following Him,
And aj  had no regard for any of His ways;
28So that they caused ak  the cry of the poor to come to Him,
And that He might al  hear the cry of the afflicted
29When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn?
And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him,
That is, in regard to both nation and man?—
30So that am  godless men would not rule
Nor be snares of the people.

31For has anyone said to God,
I have borne chastisement;
I will not offend anymore;
32Teach me what I do not see;
If I have an  done iniquity,
I will not do it again’?
33“Shall He ao  recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it?
For you must choose, and not I;
Therefore declare what you know.
34Men of understanding will say to me,
And a wise man who hears me,
35Job ap  speaks without knowledge,
And his words are without wisdom.
36Job ought to be tried
Or to the end
to the limit,
Because he answers ar  like wicked men.
37For he adds as  rebellion to his sin;
He at  claps his hands among us,
And multiplies his words against God.’”

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