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Elihu Asserts God's Justice

1 Then Elihu answered and said:

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      2 "Hear my words, you wise men, and give ear to me, you who know;
      3 for 1the ear tests words as the palate tastes food.

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      4 Let us choose 2what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good.

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      5 For Job has said, 'I am 3in the right, and 4God has taken away my right;

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      6 in spite of my right I am counted a liar; my wound is incurable, though I am 5without transgression.'

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      7 What man is like Job, who 6drinks up scoffing like water,

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      8 who travels in company with evildoers and walks 7with wicked men?

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      9 For 8he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.'

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      10 "Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should 9do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
      11 For according to 10the work of a man he will repay him, and 11according to his ways he will make it befall him.
      12 Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and 12the Almighty will not pervert justice.

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      13 Who gave him charge over the earth, and who 13laid on hima the whole world?

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        • ­ 34:13 - Hebrew lacks on him
          14 If he should 14set his heart to it and 15gather to himself his 16spirit and his breath,

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          15 all flesh would perish together, and man would 17return to dust.

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          16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
          17 18Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,

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          18 who 19says to a king, 'Worthless one,' and to nobles, 'Wicked man,'

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          19 who 20shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich 21more than the poor, for 22they are all the work of his hands?
          20 In a moment 23they die; at 24midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by 25no human hand.

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          21 "For his eyes are on 26the ways of a man, and he sees all his 27steps.

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          22 There is no 28gloom or 29deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves.

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          23 For Godb has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in 30judgment.

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          24 He 31shatters the mighty without investigation and sets 32others in their place.

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          25 Thus, knowing their works, he 33overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.

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          26 He strikes them for their wickedness in a place for all to see,
          27 because they turned aside from 34following him and had no regard for any of his ways,

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          28 so that they 35caused the cry of the poor to come to him, and he 36heard the cry of the afflicted--

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          29 When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man?--
          30 that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
          31 "For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more;
          32 37teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?

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          33 Will he then make repayment to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore 38declare what you know.c

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            • ¯ 34:33 - The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 29-33 is uncertain
              34 Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say:
              35 'Job 39speaks without knowledge; his words are without insight.'

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              36 Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men.
              37 For he adds rebellion to his sin; he 40claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."

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