Job 34:3-37 NIV

3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.1

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4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right;2 let us learn together what is good.3

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5 "Job says, 'I am innocent,4 but God denies me justice.5

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

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7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?9

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8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.10

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9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'11

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10 "So listen to me,12 you men of understanding.13 Far be it from God to do evil,14 from the Almighty to do wrong.15

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11 He repays a man for what he has done;16 he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.17

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12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,18 that the Almighty would pervert justice.19

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13 Who appointed20 him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?21

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14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirita22 and breath,23

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15 all mankind would perish24 together and man would return to the dust.25

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16 "If you have understanding,26 hear this; listen to what I say.27

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      17 Can he who hates justice govern?28 Will you condemn the just and mighty One?29

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      18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles,30 'You are wicked,'31

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      19 who shows no partiality32 to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor,33 for they are all the work of his hands?34

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      20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;35 the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.36

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      21 "His eyes are on the ways of men;37 he sees their every step.38

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      22 There is no dark place,39 no deep shadow,40 where evildoers can hide.41

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      23 God has no need to examine men further,42 that they should come before him for judgment.43

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      24 Without inquiry he shatters44 the mighty45 and sets up others in their place.46

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      25 Because he takes note of their deeds,47 he overthrows them in the night48 and they are crushed.49

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      26 He punishes them for their wickedness50 where everyone can see them,

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      27 because they turned from following him51 and had no regard for any of his ways.52

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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.53

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      29 But if he remains silent,54 who can condemn him?55 If he hides his face,56 who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,57

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      30 to keep a godless58 man from ruling,59 from laying snares for the people.60

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      31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty61 but will offend no more.

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      32 Teach me what I cannot see;62 if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'63

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      33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?64 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;65 his words lack insight.'66

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      36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!67

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      37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands68 among us and multiplies his words69 against God."70

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