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Job 34

MSG 1 Elihu continued: NIV 1 Then Elihu said: MSG 2 "So, my fine friends - listen to me, and see what you think of this. NIV 2 "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning. MSG 3 Isn't it just common sense - as common as the sense of taste - NIV 3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food. MSG 4 To put our heads together and figure out what's going on here? NIV 4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. MSG 5 "We've all heard Job say, 'I'm in the right, but God won't give me a fair trial. NIV 5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice. MSG 6 When I defend myself, I'm called a liar to my face. I've done nothing wrong, and I get punished anyway.' NIV 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.' MSG 7 Have you ever heard anything to beat this? Does nothing faze this man Job? NIV 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water? MSG 8 Do you think he's spent too much time in bad company, hanging out with the wrong crowd, NIV 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men. MSG 9 So that now he's parroting their line: 'It doesn't pay to try to please God'? NIV 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.' MSG 10 "You're veterans in dealing with these matters; certainly we're of one mind on this. It's impossible for God to do anything evil; no way can the Mighty One do wrong. NIV 10 "So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. MSG 11 He makes us pay for exactly what we've done - no more, no less. Our chickens always come home to roost. NIV 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves. MSG 12 It's impossible for God to do anything wicked, for the Mighty One to subvert justice. NIV 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. MSG 13 He's the one who runs the earth! He cradles the whole world in his hand! NIV 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? MSG 14 If he decided to hold his breath, NIV 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, MSG 15 every man, woman, and child would die for lack of air. God Is Working Behind the Scenes NIV 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust. MSG 16 "So, Job, use your head; this is all pretty obvious. NIV 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. MSG 17 Can someone who hates order, keep order? Do you dare condemn the righteous, mighty God? NIV 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? MSG 18 Doesn't God always tell it like it is, exposing corrupt rulers as scoundrels and criminals? NIV 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,' MSG 19 Does he play favorites with the rich and famous and slight the poor? Isn't he equally responsible to everybody? NIV 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? MSG 20 Don't people who deserve it die without notice? Don't wicked rulers tumble to their doom? When the so-called great ones are wiped out, we know God is working behind the scenes. NIV 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. MSG 21 "He has his eyes on every man and woman. He doesn't miss a trick. NIV 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. MSG 22 There is no night dark enough, no shadow deep enough, to hide those who do evil. NIV 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide. MSG 23 God doesn't need to gather any more evidence; their sin is an open-and-shut case. NIV 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment. MSG 24 He deposes the so-called high and mighty without asking questions, and replaces them at once with others. NIV 24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place. MSG 25 Nobody gets by with anything; overnight, judgment is signed, sealed, and delivered. NIV 25 Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed. MSG 26 He punishes the wicked for their wickedness out in the open where everyone can see it, NIV 26 He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them, MSG 27 Because they quit following him, no longer even thought about him or his ways. NIV 27 because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways. MSG 28 Their apostasy was announced by the cry of the poor; the cry of the afflicted got God's attention. Because You Refuse to Live on God's Terms NIV 28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy. MSG 29 "If God is silent, what's that to you? If he turns his face away, what can you do about it? But whether silent or hidden, he's there, ruling, NIV 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, MSG 30 so that those who hate God won't take over and ruin people's lives. NIV 30 to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people. MSG 31 "So why don't you simply confess to God? Say, 'I sinned, but I'll sin no more. NIV 31 "Suppose a man says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more. MSG 32 Teach me to see what I still don't see. Whatever evil I've done, I'll do it no more.' NIV 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.' MSG 33 Just because you refuse to live on God's terms, do you think he should start living on yours? You choose. I can't do it for you. Tell me what you decide. NIV 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. MSG 34 "All right-thinking people say - and the wise who have listened to me concur - NIV 34 "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me, MSG 35 'Job is an ignoramus. He talks utter nonsense.' NIV 35 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.' MSG 36 Job, you need to be pushed to the wall and called to account for wickedly talking back to God the way you have. NIV 36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man! MSG 37 You've compounded your original sin by rebelling against God's discipline, Defiantly shaking your fist at God, piling up indictments against the Almighty One." NIV 37 To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."