Job 34
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1Elihu answered: 1Then Elihu answered and said:
2"Listen to my words, you wise men; hear me, you learned men. 2“Hear my words, you wise men, and give ear to me, you who know;
3For the ear assesses words as the mouth tastes food. 3for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food.
4Let us evaluate for ourselves what is right; let us come to know among ourselves what is good. 4Let us choose what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good.
5For Job says, 'I am innocent, but God turns away my right. 5For Job has said, ‘I am in the right, and God has taken away my right;
6Concerning my right, should I lie? My wound is incurable, although I am without transgression.' 6in spite of my right I am counted a liar; my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’
7What man is like Job, who drinks derision like water! 7What man is like Job, who drinks up scoffing like water,
8He goes about in company with evildoers, he goes along with wicked men. 8who travels in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men?
9For he says, 'It does not profit a man when he makes his delight with God.' 9For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.’
10"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, from the Almighty to do evil. 10“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
11For he repays a person for his work, and according to the conduct of a person, he causes the consequences to find him. 11For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
12Indeed, in truth, God does not act wickedly, and the Almighty does not pervert justice. 12Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
13Who entrusted to him the earth? And who put him over the whole world? 13Who gave him charge over the earth, and who laid on him the whole world?
14If God were to set his heart on it, and gather in his spirit and his breath, 14If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath,
15all flesh would perish together and human beings would return to dust. 15all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.
16"If you have understanding, listen to this, hear what I have to say. 16“If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17Do you really think that one who hates justice can govern? And will you declare guilty the supremely righteous One, 17Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,
18who says to a king, 'Worthless man' and to nobles, 'Wicked men,' 18who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’ and to nobles, ‘Wicked man,’
19who shows no partiality to princes, and does not take note of the rich more than the poor, because all of them are the work of his hands? 19who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?
20In a moment they die, in the middle of the night, people are shaken and they pass away. The mighty are removed effortlessly. 20In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.
21For his eyes are on the ways of an individual, he observes all a person's steps. 21“For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps.
22There is no darkness, and no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves. 22There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves.
23For he does not still consider a person, that he should come before God in judgment. 23For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.
24He shatters the great without inquiry, and sets up others in their place. 24He shatters the mighty without investigation and sets others in their place.
25Therefore, he knows their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed. 25Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
26He strikes them for their wickedness, in a place where people can see, 26He strikes them for their wickedness in a place for all to see,
27because they have turned away from following him, and have not understood any of his ways, 27because they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways,
28so that they caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he hears the cry of the needy. 28so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, and he heard the cry of the afflicted—
29But if God is quiet, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, then who can see him? Yet he is over the individual and the nation alike, 29When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man?—
30so that the godless man should not rule, and not lay snares for the people. 30that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
31"Has anyone said to God, 'I have endured chastisement, but I will not act wrongly any more. 31“For has anyone said to God, ‘I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more;
32Teach me what I cannot see. If I have done evil, I will do so no more.' 32teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?
33Is it your opinion that God should recompense it, because you reject this? But you must choose, and not I, so tell us what you know. 33Will he then make repayment to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
34Men of understanding say to me--any wise man listening to me says--34Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say:
35that Job speaks without knowledge and his words are without understanding. 35‘Job speaks without knowledge; his words are without insight.’
36But Job will be tested to the end, because his answers are like those of wicked men. 36Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men.
37For he adds transgression to his sin; in our midst he claps his hands, and multiplies his words against God." 37For he adds rebellion to his sin; he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.”
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Job 33
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