New American Standard Bible
"Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
King James Bible
Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, surely, �God acteth not wickedly, and the Almighty perverteth not judgment.
World English Bible
Yes surely, God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Young's Literal Translation
Yea, truly, God doth not do wickedly, And the Mighty doth not pervert judgment.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Yea, surely God will not do wickedly - So important does Elihu hold this principle to be, that he repeats it, and dwells upon it. He says, "it surely (אמנם 'omnâm) must be so." The principle must be held at all hazards, and no opinion which contravenes this should be indulged for one moment. His ground of complaint against Job was, that he had not held fast to this principle, but, under the pressure of his sufferings, had indulged in remarks which implied that God might do wrong.
Neither will the Almighty pervert judgment - As Elihu supposed Job to have maintained; see Job 34:5. To "pervert judgment" is to do injustice; to place injustice in the place of right.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?
"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.
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