Job 34
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1Then Elihu said:1Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
2"Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.2Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
3For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.3For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
4Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.4Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5"Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.5For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.
6Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'6Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
7Is there anyone like Job, who drinks scorn like water?7What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?
8He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with the wicked.8Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
9For he says, 'There is no profit in trying to please God.'9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
10"So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.10Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
11He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves.11For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
12It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.12Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
13Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?13Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
14If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,14If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
15all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.15All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
16"If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17Can someone who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?17Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
18Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'18Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
19who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?19How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
20They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.20In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21"His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step.21For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
22There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.23For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.24He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.25Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,26He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.27Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike,29When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.30That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31"Suppose someone says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.31Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'32That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.33Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34"Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,34Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
35Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'35Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
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