Job 34 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Elihu said: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Listen to me, you wise men. Pay attention, you who have knowledge. 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 'Just as the mouth tastes good food, the ear tests the words it hears.' 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together 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 innocent, but God has taken away my rights. 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 I am innocent, but they call me a liar. My suffering is incurable, even though I have not sinned.'" 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 "Has there ever been a man as arrogant as Job, with his thirst for irreverent talk? 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 He seeks the companionship of evil people. He spends his time with wicked men. 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 He has even said, 'Why waste time trying to please God?'" 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 "Listen to me, you who have understanding. Everyone knows that God doesn't sin! The Almighty can do no 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 repays people according to their deeds. He treats people according to their ways. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 There is no truer statement than this: God will not do wrong. The Almighty cannot twist justice. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who put the world in his care? Who has set the whole world in place? 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust." 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "Listen now and try to understand. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Could God govern if he hated justice? Are you going to condemn the almighty Judge? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 For he says to kings and nobles, 'You are wicked and unjust.' 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 He doesn't care how great a person may be, and he doesn't pay any more attention to the rich than to the poor. He made them all. 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 a moment they die. At midnight they all pass away; the mighty are removed without 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 "For God carefully watches the way people live; he sees everything they do. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from his eyes. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 For it is not up to mortals to decide when to come before God in judgment. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He brings the mighty to ruin without asking anyone, and he sets up others in their places. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 He watches what they do, and in the night he overturns them, destroying them. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He openly strikes them down for their wickedness. 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 For they turned aside from following him. They have no respect for any of his ways. 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 So they cause the poor to cry out, catching God's attention. Yes, he hears the cries of the needy. 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 When he is quiet, who can make trouble? But when he hides his face, who can find 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 the godless from ruling so they cannot be a snare to the people." 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "Why don't people say to God, 'I have sinned, but I will sin no more'? 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Or 'I don't know what evil I have done; tell me, and I will stop at once'?" 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 "Must God tailor his justice to your demands? But you have rejected him! The choice is yours, not mine. Go ahead, share your wisdom with us. 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 After all, bright people will tell me, and wise people will hear me say, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 Job, you deserve the maximum penalty for the wicked way you have talked. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 For now you have added rebellion and blasphemy against God to your other sins." 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."