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1 Elihu continued: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "So, my fine friends - listen to me, and see what you think of this. 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 Isn't it just common sense - as common as the sense of taste - 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 To put our heads together and figure out what's going on here? 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
5 "We've all heard Job say, 'I'm in the right, but God won't give me a fair trial. 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 When I defend myself, I'm called a liar to my face. I've done nothing wrong, and I get punished anyway.' 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 Have you ever heard anything to beat this? Does nothing faze this man Job? 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 Do you think he's spent too much time in bad company, hanging out with the wrong crowd, 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 So that now he's parroting their line: 'It doesn't pay to try to please God'? 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 "You're veterans in dealing with these matters; certainly we're of one mind on this. It's impossible for God to do anything evil; no way can the Mighty One 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 He makes us pay for exactly what we've done - no more, no less. Our chickens always come home to roost. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 It's impossible for God to do anything wicked, for the Mighty One to subvert justice. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 He's the one who runs the earth! He cradles the whole world in his hand! 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If he decided to hold his breath, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 every man, woman, and child would die for lack of air. God Is Working Behind the Scenes 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "So, Job, use your head; this is all pretty obvious. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Can someone who hates order, keep order? Do you dare condemn the righteous, mighty God? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Doesn't God always tell it like it is, exposing corrupt rulers as scoundrels and criminals? 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 Does he play favorites with the rich and famous and slight the poor? Isn't he equally responsible to everybody? 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 Don't people who deserve it die without notice? Don't wicked rulers tumble to their doom? When the so-called great ones are wiped out, we know God is working behind the scenes. 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 "He has his eyes on every man and woman. He doesn't miss a trick. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There is no night dark enough, no shadow deep enough, to hide those who do evil. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 God doesn't need to gather any more evidence; their sin is an open-and-shut case. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He deposes the so-called high and mighty without asking questions, and replaces them at once with others. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 Nobody gets by with anything; overnight, judgment is signed, sealed, and delivered. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He punishes the wicked for their wickedness out in the open where everyone can see it, 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 Because they quit following him, no longer even thought about him or his ways. 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 Their apostasy was announced by the cry of the poor; the cry of the afflicted got God's attention. Because You Refuse to Live on God's Terms 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 "If God is silent, what's that to you? If he turns his face away, what can you do about it? But whether silent or hidden, he's there, ruling, 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 so that those who hate God won't take over and ruin people's lives. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "So why don't you simply confess to God? Say, 'I sinned, but I'll sin no more. 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Teach me to see what I still don't see. Whatever evil I've done, I'll do it no more.' 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 Just because you refuse to live on God's terms, do you think he should start living on yours? You choose. I can't do it for you. Tell me what you decide. 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 "All right-thinking people say - and the wise who have listened to me concur - 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job is an ignoramus. He talks utter nonsense.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 Job, you need to be pushed to the wall and called to account for wickedly talking back to God the way you have. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 You've compounded your original sin by rebelling against God's discipline, Defiantly shaking your fist at God, piling up indictments against the Almighty One." 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."