Job 34:16
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English Standard Version
“If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.

King James Bible
If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

American Standard Version
If now thou hast understanding, hear this: Hearken to the voice of my words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then thou hast understanding, hear what is said, and hearken to the voice of my words.

English Revised Version
If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

Webster's Bible Translation
If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

10 Therefore, men of understanding, hearken to me!

Far be it from god to do evil,

And the Almighty to act wrongfully.

11 No indeed, man's work He recompenseth to him,

And according to man's walk He causeth it to be with him.

"Men of heart," according to Psychol. S. 249, comp. 254, is equivalent to noee'mones or noeeroi' (lxx συνετοὶ καρδίας). The clause which Elihu makes prominent in the following reply is the very axiom which the three defend, perfectly true in itself, but falsely applied by them: evil, wrong, are inconceivable on the part of God; instead of וּלשׁדּי it is only ושׁדּי in the second member of the verse, with the omission of the praep. - a frequent form of ellipsis, particularly in Isaiah (Isaiah 15:8; Isaiah 28:6; Isaiah 48:14; Isaiah 61:7, comp. Ezekiel 25:15). Far removed from acting wickedly and wrongfully, on the contrary He practises recompense exactly apportioned to man's deeds, and ever according to the walk of each one (ארח like דּרך or דּרכי, e.g., Jeremiah 32:19, in an ethical sense) He causes it to overtake him, i.e., to happen to him (המציא only here and Job 37:13). The general assertion brought forward against Job is now proved.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?

Job 13:2-6 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you...

Cross References
Job 34:15
all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.

Job 34:17
Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,

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