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Job 34

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Elihu accuses Job for charging God with injustice.

34:1 Moreover Elihu answered,

34:2 “Hear my words, you wise men.
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

34:3 For the ear tries words,
as the palate tastes food.

34:4 Let us choose for us that which is right.
Let us know among ourselves what is good.

34:5 For Job has said,

‘I am righteous,
God has taken away my right:

34:6 Notwithstanding my right I am considered a liar.
My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.’

34:7 What man is like Job,
who drinks scorn like water,

34:8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
and walks with wicked men?

34:9 For he has said,

‘It profits a man nothing
that he should delight himself with God.’

God omnipotent cannot be unjust.

34:10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:
far be it from God, that he should do wickedness,
from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

34:11 For the work of a man he will render to him,
and cause every man to find according to his ways.

34:12 Yes surely, God will not do wickedly,
neither will the Almighty pervert justice.

34:13 Who put him in charge of the earth?
or who has appointed him over the whole world?

34:14 If he set his heart on himself,
If he gathered to himself his spirit and his breath,

34:15 all flesh would perish together,
and man would turn again to dust.

34:16 “If now you have understanding, hear this.
Listen to the voice of my words.

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

34:18 Who says to a king, ‘Vile!’
or to nobles, ‘Wicked!’?

34:19 Who doesn’t respect the persons of princes,
nor respects the rich more than the poor;
for they all are the work of his hands.

34:20 In a moment they die, even at midnight.
The people are shaken and pass away.
The mighty are taken away without a hand.

34:21 “For his eyes are on the ways of a man.
He sees all his goings.

34:22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom,
where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

34:23 For he doesn’t need to consider a man further,
that he should go before God in judgment.

34:24 He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out,
and sets others in their place.

34:25 Therefore he takes knowledge of their works.
He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

34:26 He strikes them as wicked men
in the open sight of others;

34:27 because they turned aside from following him,
and wouldn’t pay attention to any of his ways,

34:28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him.
He heard the cry of the afflicted.

34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can condemn?
When he hides his face, who then can see him?
Alike whether to a nation, or to a man,

34:30 that the godless man may not reign,
that there be no one to ensnare the people.

Man must humble himself unto God.

34:31 “For has any said to God,

‘I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.

34:32 Teach me that which I don’t see.
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’?

34:33 Shall his recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it?
For you must choose, and not I.
Therefore speak what you know.

Elihu reproves Job.

34:34 Men of understanding will tell me,
yes, every wise man who hears me:

34:35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge.
His words are without wisdom.’

34:36 I wish that Job were tried to the end,
because of his answering like wicked men.

34:37 For he adds rebellion to his sin.
He claps his hands among us,
and multiplies his words against God.”

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