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Job 34 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Elihu made answer and said, 1 Then Elihu said:
2 Give ear, you wise, to my words; and you who have knowledge, give attention to me; 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 For words are tested by the ear, as food is tasted by the mouth. 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 Let us make the decision for ourselves as to what is right; let us have the knowledge among ourselves of what is good. 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
5 For Job has said, I am upright, and it is God who has taken away my right; 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 Though I am right, still I am in pain; my wound may not be made well, though I have done no wrong. 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 What man is like Job, a man who freely makes sport of God, 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 And goes in the company of evil-doers, walking in the way of sinners? 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 For he has said, It is no profit to a man to take delight in God. 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 Now then, you wise, take note; you men of knowledge, give ear to me. Let it be far from God to do evil, and from the Ruler of all to do wrong. 10 "So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 For he gives to every man the reward of his work, and sees that he gets the fruit of his ways. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 Truly, God does not do evil, and the Ruler of all is not a false judge. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who put the earth into his care, or made him responsible for the world? 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If he made his spirit come back to him, taking his breath into himself again, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 All flesh would come to an end together, and man would go back to the dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 If you are wise, take note of this; give ear to the voice of my words. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 How may a hater of right be a ruler? and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 He who says to a king, You are an evil-doer; and to rulers, You are sinners; 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 Who has no respect for rulers, and who gives no more attention to those who have wealth than to the poor, for they are all the work of his hands. 19 who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?
20 Suddenly they come to an end, even in the middle of the night: the blow comes on the men of wealth, and they are gone, and the strong are taken away without the hand of man. 20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.
21 For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There is no dark place, and no thick cloud, in which the workers of evil may take cover. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 For he does not give man a fixed time to come before him to be judged. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He sends the strong to destruction without searching out their cause, and puts others in their place. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 For he has knowledge of their works, overturning them in the night, so that they are crushed. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 The evil-doers are broken by his wrath, he puts his hand on them with force before the eyes of all onlookers. 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 Because they did not go after him, and took no note of his ways, 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 So that the cry of the poor might come up to him, and the prayer of those in need come to his ears. 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 ... 29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over man and nation alike,
30 ... 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 ... 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 ... 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 ... 33 Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.
34 Men of knowledge, and all wise men, hearing me, will say, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 Job's words do not come from knowledge; they are not the fruit of wisdom. 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 May Job be tested to the end, because his answers have been like those of evil men. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 For in addition to his sin, he is uncontrolled in heart; before our eyes he makes sport of God, increasing his words against him. 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."