Job

Book of Job. Chapter 34

   

1 Elihu further answered and said:

2 "Hear my words, you wise [men;] Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

3 For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

4 Let us choose justice for ourselves; Let us know among ourselves what [is] good.

5 "For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my justice;

6 Should I lie concerning my right? My wound [is] incurable, [though I am] without transgression.'

7 What man [is] like Job, [Who] drinks scorn like water,

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

9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God.'

10 " Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God [to do] wickedness, And [from] the Almighty to [commit] iniquity.

11 For He repays man [according to] his work, And makes man to find a reward according to [his] way.

12 Surely God will never do wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.

13 Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed [Him over] the whole world?

14 If He should set His heart on it, [If] He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,

15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.

16 "If [you have] understanding, hear this; listen to the sound of my words:

17 Should one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn [Him who is] most just?

18 [Is it fitting] to say to a king, '[You are] worthless,' [And] to nobles, '[You are] wicked'?

19 Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they [are] all the work of His hands.

20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; The people are shaken and pass away; The mighty are taken away without a hand.

21 "For His eyes [are] on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.

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

23 For He need not further consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.

24 He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.

25 Therefore he knows their works; He overthrows [them] in the night, And they are crushed.

26 He strikes them as wicked [men] In the open sight of others,

27 Because they turned back from Him, And would not consider any of His ways,

28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; For He hears the cry of the afflicted.

29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides [His] face, who then can see Him, Whether [it is] against a nation or a man alone? --

30 That the hypocrite should not reign, Lest the people be ensnared.

31 " For has [anyone] said to God, 'I have borne [chastening;] I will offend no more;

32 Teach me [what] I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will do no more'?

33 Should He repay [it] according to your [terms,] [Just] because you disavow it? You must choose, and not I; Therefore speak what you know.

34 "Men of understanding say to me, Wise men who listen to me:

35 'Job speaks without knowledge, His words [are] without wisdom.'

36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost, Because [his] answers [are like] those of wicked men!

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

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