Job 34 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Elihu said: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you who know a lot. 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 The ear tests words as 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 let's learn together what is good. 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
5 "Job says, 'I am not guilty, and God has refused me a fair trial. 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 Instead of getting a fair trial, I am called a liar. I have been seriously hurt, 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 There is no other man like Job; he takes insults as if he were drinking water. 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 He keeps company with those who do evil and spends time with wicked men, 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 because he says, 'It is no use to try to please God.' 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.'
10 "So listen to me, you who can understand. God can never do wrong! It is impossible for the Almighty to do evil. 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 pays a person back for what he has done and gives him what his actions deserve. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 Truly God will never do wrong; the Almighty will never twist what is right. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 No one chose God to rule over the earth or put him in charge of the whole world. 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If God should decide to take away life and breath, 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 then everyone would die together and turn back into dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "If you can understand, hear this; listen to what I have to say. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Can anyone govern who hates what is right? and powerful? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 God is the one who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' or to important people, 'You are evil.' 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 He is not nicer to princes than other people, nor kinder to rich people than poor people, because he made them all with his own 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 They can die in a moment, in the middle of the night. They are struck down, and then they pass away; powerful people die without help. 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 watches where people go; he sees every step they take. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There is no dark place or deep shadow where those who do evil can hide from him. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 He does not set a time for people to come before him for judging. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 Without asking questions, God breaks powerful people into pieces and puts others in their place. 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25 Because God knows what people do, he defeats 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 punishes them for the evil they do so that everyone else can watch, 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 because they stopped following God and did not care about any of his ways. 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 The cry of the poor comes to God; he hears the cry 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 But if God keeps quiet, who can blame him? If he hides his face, who can see him? God still rules over both nations and persons alike. 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 keeps the wicked from ruling and from trapping others. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "But suppose someone says to God, 'I am guilty, but I will not sin anymore. 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see. If I have done wrong, I will not do it again.' 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
33 So, Job, should God reward you as you want when you refuse to change? You must decide, not I, so tell me 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 "Those who understand speak, and the wise who hear me say, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job speaks without knowing what is true; his words show he does not understand.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 I wish Job would be tested completely, because he answered like an evil man! 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 Job now adds to his sin by turning against God. He claps his hands in protest, speaking more and more against God." 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."