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Job 34 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Elihu continued: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 Hear my words, wise ones; knowledgeable ones, listen to me, 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 for the ear tests words like the palate tastes food. 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 Let's choose for us what's right; let's determine among ourselves what's good; 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
5 for Job has said, "I'm innocent; God has denied my just cause; 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 because of my cause I'm thought a liar; my wound from an arrow is incurable, even though I didn't rebel." 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 Who is a man like Job? He drinks mockery like water 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 and travels a path with wrongdoers, walking with evil persons. 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 Indeed he said, "No one is rewarded for delighting in God." 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 Therefore, intelligent ones, hear me; far be it from God to do evil and the Almighty to sin, 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 repays people based on what they do, paying back everyone according to their ways. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 Surely God doesn't act wickedly; the Almighty doesn't distort justice. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who placed earth in his care, and who gave him dominion over the entire world? 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If he were to decide to do it— to gather his spirit and breath back to himself— 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 all flesh would die together, and humans would return to dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 But if you have understanding, hear this; pay attention to the sound of my words. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Will one who hates justice rule; will you condemn the most righteous one? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Will you say to a king, "Worthless!" to royalty, "Evil!" 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 Who shows no favor to princes nor regards the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of God's 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 In the middle of the night they suddenly die; people are shaken and pass away. The mighty are removed, not by a human hand. 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 God's eyes are on human ways, and he sees all their steps. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There's no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves; 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 surely no time is set for a person to appear before God in judgment. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He shatters the mighty without examining them; makes others take their place. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 Thus he regards their deeds, overturns them at night, and they are crushed. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He strikes them because of their wickedness at a place where people can see it. 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 Because they turned from following him and didn't value all his ways, 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 causing the cry of the poor to reach him, he hears the cry of the afflicted. 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 Still, if he remains quiet, who can condemn; if he hides his face, who can see him? 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 He prevents a lawless person from ruling, from capturing people. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 Has Job said to God, "I have borne punishment; I won't sin again? 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 You teach me what I can't see; if I've sinned, I won't do it again." 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 Will he repay you because you reject sin, for you must choose, not I; declare what you know. 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 Smart people say to me, the wise who hear me, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 "Job speaks without knowledge; his words aren't astute." 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 I wish Job would be tested to the limit because he responds like evil people. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 He adds rebellion to his sin; mocks us openly and adds to his words against God. 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."