Job 34:26-36 NIV

26 He punishes them for their wickedness1 where everyone can see them,

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27 because they turned from following him2 and had no regard for any of his ways.3

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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.4

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29 But if he remains silent,5 who can condemn him?6 If he hides his face,7 who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,8

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30 to keep a godless9 man from ruling,10 from laying snares for the people.11

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31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty12 but will offend no more.

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32 Teach me what I cannot see;13 if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'14

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33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?15 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;16 his words lack insight.'17

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36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!18

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