Job 34 NIV

1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me,1 you men of learning.

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3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.2

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4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right;3 let us learn together what is good.4

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5 "Job says, 'I am innocent,5 but God denies me justice.6

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6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar;7 although I am guiltless,8 his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'9

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7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?10

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8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.11

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9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'12

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10 "So listen to me,13 you men of understanding.14 Far be it from God to do evil,15 from the Almighty to do wrong.16

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11 He repays a man for what he has done;17 he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.18

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12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,19 that the Almighty would pervert justice.20

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13 Who appointed21 him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?22

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14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirita23 and breath,24

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15 all mankind would perish25 together and man would return to the dust.26

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16 "If you have understanding,27 hear this; listen to what I say.28

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      17 Can he who hates justice govern?29 Will you condemn the just and mighty One?30

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      18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles,31 'You are wicked,'32

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      19 who shows no partiality33 to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor,34 for they are all the work of his hands?35

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      20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;36 the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.37

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      21 "His eyes are on the ways of men;38 he sees their every step.39

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      22 There is no dark place,40 no deep shadow,41 where evildoers can hide.42

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      23 God has no need to examine men further,43 that they should come before him for judgment.44

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      24 Without inquiry he shatters45 the mighty46 and sets up others in their place.47

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      25 Because he takes note of their deeds,48 he overthrows them in the night49 and they are crushed.50

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      26 He punishes them for their wickedness51 where everyone can see them,

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      27 because they turned from following him52 and had no regard for any of his ways.53

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      28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.54

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      29 But if he remains silent,55 who can condemn him?56 If he hides his face,57 who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,58

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      30 to keep a godless59 man from ruling,60 from laying snares for the people.61

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      31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty62 but will offend no more.

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      32 Teach me what I cannot see;63 if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'64

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      33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?65 You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.

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      34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
      35 'Job speaks without knowledge;66 his words lack insight.'67

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      36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!68

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      37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands69 among us and multiplies his words70 against God."71

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