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Job 34 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Eli'hu said: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Hear my words, you wise men, and give ear to me, you who know; 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food. 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 Let us choose what is right; let us determine among ourselves 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, and God has taken away my right; 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 in spite of my right I am counted a liar; my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.' 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, who drinks up scoffing like water, 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 who goes in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men? 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.' 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 "Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding, far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should 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 according to the work of a man he will requite him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who gave him charge over the earth and who laid on him the whole world? 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If he should take back his spirit to himself, and gather to himself his breath, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Shall one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty, 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' and to nobles, 'Wicked man'; 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than 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 In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no 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 his eyes are upon 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 gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 For he has not appointed a time for any man to go 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 investigation, and sets others in their place. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the 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 for their wickedness in the sight of men, 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 because they turned aside from following him, and had no regard for any of his ways, 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, and he heard 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 When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man? -- 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 that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "For has any one said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend any more; 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'? 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 Will he then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore 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 Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say: 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job speaks without knowledge, his words are without insight.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 Would that Job were tried to the end, because he answers like wicked men. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin; he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against God." 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."