Job 34:10-30 NIV

10 "So listen to me,1 you men of understanding.2 Far be it from God to do evil,3 from the Almighty to do wrong.4

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11 He repays a man for what he has done;5 he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.6

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12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,7 that the Almighty would pervert justice.8

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13 Who appointed9 him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?10

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14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirita11 and breath,12

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15 all mankind would perish13 together and man would return to the dust.14

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16 "If you have understanding,15 hear this; listen to what I say.16

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      17 Can he who hates justice govern?17 Will you condemn the just and mighty One?18

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      18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles,19 'You are wicked,'20

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      19 who shows no partiality21 to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor,22 for they are all the work of his hands?23

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      20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;24 the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.25

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      21 "His eyes are on the ways of men;26 he sees their every step.27

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      22 There is no dark place,28 no deep shadow,29 where evildoers can hide.30

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      23 God has no need to examine men further,31 that they should come before him for judgment.32

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      24 Without inquiry he shatters33 the mighty34 and sets up others in their place.35

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      25 Because he takes note of their deeds,36 he overthrows them in the night37 and they are crushed.38

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      26 He punishes them for their wickedness39 where everyone can see them,

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      27 because they turned from following him40 and had no regard for any of his ways.41

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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.42

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      29 But if he remains silent,43 who can condemn him?44 If he hides his face,45 who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,46

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      30 to keep a godless47 man from ruling,48 from laying snares for the people.49

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