Job 34 NAS

Elihu Vindicates God's Justice

1 Then Elihu continued and said,

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      2 "Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who know.
      3 "For 1the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

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      4 "Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.
      5 "For Job has said, '2I am righteous, But 3God has taken away my right;

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      6 aShould I lie concerning my right? My b4wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'

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        • ǰ 34:6 - Or "Although I am right I am accounted a liar"
        • DZ 34:6 - Lit "arrow"
          7 "What man is like Job, Who 5drinks up derision like water,

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          8 Who goes 6in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?

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          9 "For he has said, '7It profits a man nothing When he cis pleased with God.'

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            • Dz 34:9 - Or "takes delight in God"
              10 "Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to 8do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.

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              11 "For He pays a man according to 9his work, And makes dhim find it according to his way.

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              12 "Surely *, 10God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.

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              13 "Who 11gave Him authority over the earth? And who 12has laid on Him the whole world?

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              14 "If He should edetermine * to do so, If He should 13gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,

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                • Ǵ 34:14 - Lit "set His mind on Himself"
                  15 All 14flesh would perish together, And man would 15return to dust.

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                  16 "But if you have understanding, hear this; Listen to the sound of my words.
                  17 "Shall 16one who hates justice rule? And 17will you condemn the righteous mighty One,

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                  18 Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones ';
                  19 Who shows no 18partiality * to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the 19work of His hands?
                  20 "In a moment they die, and 20at midnight * People are shaken and pass away, And 21the mighty are taken away without a hand.

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                  21 "For 22His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.

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                  22 "There is 23no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

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                  23 "For He does not 24need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.

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                  24 "He breaks in pieces 25mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.

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                  25 "Therefore He 26knows their works, And 27He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.

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                  26 "He 28strikes them like the wicked fIn a public place,

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                    • ǵ 34:26 - Lit "In the place of the ones seeing"
                      27 Because * * they 29turned aside from following Him, And 30had no regard for any of His ways;

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                      28 So that they caused 31the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might 32hear the cry of the afflicted -

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                      29 When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?-
                      30 So that 33godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.

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                      31 "For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;
                      32 Teach me what I do not see; If I have 34done iniquity, I will not do it again '?

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                      33 "Shall He 35recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declare what you know.

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                      34 "Men of understanding will say to me, And a wise man who hears me,
                      35 'Job 36speaks without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.

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                      36 'Job ought to be tried gto the limit, Because he answers 37like wicked men.

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                        • Ƕ 34:36 - Or "to the end"
                          37 'For he adds 38rebellion to his sin; He 39claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.' "

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