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Job 34 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Elihu continued to speak [to Job and his friends], 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Listen to my words, you wise men. Open your ears to me, you intelligent men. 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 The ear tests words like the tongue tastes food. 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 Let's decide for ourselves what is right and agree among ourselves as to what is good, 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
5 because Job has said, 'I'm righteous, but God has taken away my rights. 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 I'm considered a liar in spite of my rights. I've been wounded by a deadly arrow, though I haven't been disobedient.' 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 What person is like Job, who drinks scorn like water, 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 who travels with troublemakers and associates with evil people? 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 He says, 'It doesn't do any good to try to please God.' 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 "You people who have understanding, listen to me. It is unthinkable that God would ever do evil or that the Almighty would ever do wicked things. 10 "So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 God will repay humanity for what it has done and will give each person what he deserves. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 Certainly, God will never do anything evil, and the Almighty will never pervert justice. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who put him in charge of the earth? Who appointed him to be over the whole world? 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If he thought only of himself and withdrew his Spirit and his breath, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 all living beings would die together, and humanity would return to dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "If you understand, listen to this. Open your ears to my words! 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Should anyone who hates justice be allowed to govern? Will you condemn the one who is righteous and mighty? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Should anyone [even] say to a king, 'You good-for-nothing scoundrel!' or to nobles, 'You wicked people!' 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 The one who is righteous and mighty does not grant special favors to princes or prefer important people over poor people because his hands 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 They die suddenly in the middle of the night. People have seizures and pass away. Mighty people are taken away but not by human hands. 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 a person's ways. He sees all his steps. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There's no darkness or deep shadow where troublemakers can hide. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 He doesn't have to set a time for a person in order to bring him to divine judgment. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He breaks mighty people into pieces without examining them and puts others in their places. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 He knows what they do, so he overthrows them at night, and they're crushed. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 In return for their evil, he strikes them in public, 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 because they turned away from following him and didn't consider any of his ways. 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 They forced the poor to cry out to him, and he hears the cry of those who suffer. 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 If he keeps quiet, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him whether it is a nation or a single person? 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 does this] so that godless people cannot rule and so that they cannot trap people. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "But suppose such a person says to God, 'I am guilty, I will stop my immoral behavior. 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see. If I've done wrong, 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 Should God reward you on your own terms since you have rejected his? You must choose, not I. Tell me what you know. Speak! 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 "People of understanding, the wise people who listen to me, will say, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job speaks without knowledge. His words show no insight.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 "My Father, let Job be thoroughly tested for giving answers like wicked people do. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 He adds disobedience to his sin. He claps his hands to insult us. He 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."