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Job 34 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Elihu continued, 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Hear what I'm saying, you wise men. Listen to me, you who have learned so much. 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
3 Our tongues tell us what tastes good and what doesn't. And our ears tell us what's true and what isn't. 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
4 So let's choose for ourselves what is right. 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'm not guilty of doing anything wrong. But God doesn't treat me fairly. 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice.
6 Even though I'm right, he thinks I'm a liar. Even though I'm not guilty, his arrows give me wounds that can't be healed.' 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.'
7 Is there any other man like Job? He laughs at God and makes fun of him. 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water?
8 He's a companion of those who do evil. He spends his time with sinful people. 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men.
9 He asks, 'What good is it 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 men who have understanding. God would never do what is evil. The Mighty One would never do what is 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 pays a man back for what he's done. He gives him exactly what he should get. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves.
12 It isn't possible for God to do wrong. The Mighty One would never treat people unfairly. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who appointed him to rule over the earth? Who 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 he really wanted to, he could hold back his spirit and breath. 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 Then everyone would die together. They would return to the dust. 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
16 "Job, if you have understanding, listen to me. Pay attention to what I'm saying. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.
17 Can someone who hates to be fair govern? Will you bring charges against the holy and mighty One? 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 He says to kings, 'You are worthless.' He says to nobles, 'You are evil.' 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'
19 He doesn't favor princes. He treats rich people and poor people the same. His hands created all of them. 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. God strikes them down, and they pass away. Those who are mighty are removed, 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 "His eyes see how people live. He watches every step they take. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.
22 There isn't a dark place or deep shadow where those who do what is evil can hide. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23 God doesn't need to bring charges against men. He knows they are guilty. So he doesn't need to have them appear in his court to be judged. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 He destroys the mighty without asking them questions in court. Then he sets others up 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 crushes them during the night. 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He punishes them for the sins they commit. He does it where everyone can see them. 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27 That's because they turned away from following him. They didn't have respect for anything he does. 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 They caused poor people to cry out to him. He heard the cries of those who were in need. 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 But if he remains silent, who can judge him? If he turns his face away, who can see him? He rules over people and nations 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 those who are ungodly from ruling. He keeps them from laying traps for others. 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
31 "Someone might say to God, 'I'm guilty of sinning, but I won't do it anymore. 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Show me my sins that I'm not aware of. If I've done what is 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 But you refuse to turn away from your sins. So God won't treat you the way you want to be treated. You must decide, Job. I can't do it for you. 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 "You men who have understanding have spoken. You wise men who hear me have said to me, 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,
35 'Job doesn't know what he's talking about. The things he has said don't make any sense.' 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'
36 I wish Job would be put to the hardest test! He answered like someone who is evil. 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man!
37 To his sin he adds even more sin. He claps his hands and makes fun of 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."