Job 34
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1And Elihu answered and said,

2"Hear my words, O you wise men; and give ear to me, you who have knowledge;

3For the ear tries 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, 'I am righteous; but God has denied me justice;

6Should I lie against my right? My wound cannot be cured; I am without transgression. '

7What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water;

8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men?

9For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing when he delights himself in God. '

10Therefore hearken to me, O you men of understanding; far be it from God to commit iniquity; and from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.

11For the work of a man shall He render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

12Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

13Who has given Him charge over the earth? Or who has appointed Him over the whole world?

14If He sets His heart on man, if He gathers to Himself his spirit and his breath,

15All flesh shall perish together, and man shall return again to the dust.

16If now you have understanding, hear this; hearken to the voice of my words.

17Indeed, shall anyone who hates justice govern? And will you condemn Him who is most just and mighty?

18Who says to a king, 'O worthless one;' and to nobles, 'O ungodly ones'?

19How much less to Him who does not respect the persons of princes, nor regard the rich more than the poor? For all of them are the work of His hands.

20In a moment they die, and people are troubled at midnight and pass away; and the mighty shall be taken away without a hand.

21For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps.

22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23For He will not lay upon man more than right that he should enter into judgment with God.

24He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their place.

25Therefore He knows 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 back from following Him, and they did not consider any of His ways;

28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to Him, for He hears the cry of the afflicted.

29When He is quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him? Whether it is done against a nation or against a man only;

30That the godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.

31For has any said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; though I have not offended.

32You teach me that which I have not seen; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?

33Shall His recompense be as you desire? For you have rejected it. For you must choose, and not I; therefore speak what you know.

34Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me,

35'Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. '

36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because his answers are like those of wicked men.

37For he adds rebellion to his sin; he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against God."

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