Then Elihucontinued and said,
2"Hear my words, you wisemen, And listen to me, you who know.
"For 1the eartestswords As the palatetastesfood.
"Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us knowamong ourselves what is good.
"For Job has said, '2I am righteous, But 3God has takenaway my right;
6aShould I lieconcerning my right? My b4wound is incurable, though I am withouttransgression.'
7"Whatman is like Job, Who5drinks up derision like water,
Who goes6in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wickedmen?
"For he has said, '7It profits a mannothing When he cis pleased with 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.
"For He pays a man according to 9his work, And makes dhim find it according to his way.
12"Surely , 10God will not actwickedly, And the Almighty will not pervertjustice.
13"Who11gave Him authorityover the earth? And who12has laid on Him the wholeworld?
14"If He should edetermine to do so, If He should 13gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
15All14flesh would perishtogether, And man would 15return to dust.
"But if you have understanding, hearthis; Listen to the sound of my words.
"Shall 16one who hatesjusticerule? And 17will you condemn the righteousmightyOne,
Who says to a king, 'Worthlessone,' To nobles, 'Wickedones ';
19Whoshowsno18partiality to princesNorregards the richabove the poor, For they all are the 19work of His hands?
"In a moment they die, and 20at midnightPeople are shaken and passaway, And 21the mighty are takenawaywithout a hand.
"For 22His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He seesall his steps.
22"There is 23nodarkness or deepshadowWhere the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
"For He does not 24need to consider a manfurther, That he should gobeforeGod in judgment.
"He breaks in pieces 25mightymenwithoutinquiry, And setsothers in their place.
25"Therefore He 26knows their works, And 27He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
"He 28strikes them like the wickedfIn a publicplace,
27Because they 29turnedaside from following Him, And 30hadnoregard for any of His ways;
So that they caused 31the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might 32hear the cry of the afflicted -
When He keepsquiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to bothnation and man?-
30So that 33godlessmen would not ruleNor be snares of the people.
"For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;
32Teach me what I do not see; If I have 34doneiniquity, I will not do it again '?
"Shall He 35recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declarewhat you know.
34"Men of understanding will say to me, And a wiseman who hears me,
35'Job36speakswithoutknowledge, And his words are withoutwisdom.
36'Jobought to be triedgto the limit, Because he answers37like wickedmen.
'For he adds38rebellion to his sin; He 39claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.' "