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 Should I lie concerning my right? My 4wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'

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        • a 34:6 - Or "Although I am right I am accounted a liar"
        • b 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 is pleased with God.'

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            • c 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.
              11 "For He pays a man according to 9his work, And makes him find it according to his way.
              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 determine * to do so, If He should 13gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,

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                • e 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 ';
                  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.
                  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 In a public place,

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                    • f 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 to the limit, Because he answers 37like wicked men.

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                        • g 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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