Job 32; Job 33; Job 34

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Job 32

1 These three men stopped answering Job because he thought he was righteous.
2 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the clan of Ram was angry, angry with Job because he considered himself more righteous than God.
3 He was also angry with his three friends because they hadn't found an answer but nevertheless thought Job wicked.
4 Elihu had waited while Job spoke, for they were older than he.
5 When Elihu saw that there had been no response in the speeches of the three men, he became very angry.
6 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite said: I'm young and you're old, so I held back, afraid to express my opinion to you.
7 I thought, Let days speak; let multiple years make wisdom known.
8 But the spirit in a person, the Almighty's breath, gives understanding.
9 The advanced in days aren't wise; the old don't understand what's right.
10 Therefore, I say: "Listen to me; I'll state my view, even I."
11 Look, I waited while you spoke, listened while you reasoned, while you searched for words.
12 I was attentive to you, but you offered no rebuke to Job, no answer from you for his words.
13 Be careful you don't say, "We've found wisdom; God, not a person, will defeat him."
14 Now Job hasn't addressed me, and I won't quote you to him.
15 They are troubled, no longer answer; words now escape them.
16 I waited, but they didn't speak, for they stood but answered no more.
17 I will answer. Indeed, I will state my piece; I too will declare my view,
18 for I'm full of words. The spirit in my belly compels me.
19 Look, my belly is like unopened wine; like new wineskins it will burst.
20 I will speak and get relief; I will open my lips and respond.
21 I won't be partial to anyone, won't flatter a person;
22 for I don't know flattery; otherwise my maker would quickly whisk me away.
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Job 33

1 But now, listen to me, Job; pay attention to all my words.
2 Notice that I am opening my mouth; my tongue is speaking in my mouth.
3 My words come from a virtuous heart; my lips speak knowledge clearly.
4 God's spirit made me; the Almighty's breath enlivens me.
5 If you are able, answer me; lay out your case before me and take a stand.
6 Notice that I'm just like you to God; I also was pinched from clay.
7 Surely fear of me shouldn't scare you; my pressure on you shouldn't be heavy.
8 You certainly said in my hearing; I heard the sound of your words:
9 "I'm pure, without sin; I'm innocent, without offense.
10 Notice that he invents arguments against me; he considers me his enemy,
11 ties up my feet, watches all my paths."
12 Now you're wrong about this; I'll answer you, for God is greater than anybody.
13 Why do you contend with him, saying that he doesn't answer all your words?
14 God speaks in one way, in two ways, but no one perceives it.
15 In the dream, a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon humans, during their slumber on a bed,
16 then he opens people's ears, scares them with warnings,
17 to turn them from a deed and to smother human pride.
18 He keeps one from the pit, a life from perishing by the sword.
19 Or a person may be disciplined by pain while in bed, bones ever aching
20 until a person loathes food, an appetite rejects a delicacy;
21 the flesh wastes away, no longer visible; the bones, once hidden, protrude.
22 A life approaches the pit; its very being draws near the death dealers.
23 Surely there's a messenger for this person, a mediator, one out of a thousand to declare one's integrity to another
24 so that God has compassion on that person and says, "Rescue this one from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom."
25 That person's flesh is renewed like a child's; they regain their youth.
26 They pray to God, and God is pleased with them; they behold God's presence with a joyful shout. God rewards a person's righteousness.
27 They sing before people and say: "I have sinned, perverted justice, but didn't experience the consequences.
28 He ransomed me from crossing into the pit; my life beholds light."
29 Look, God does all this, twice, three times with persons
30 to bring them back from the pit, to shine with life's light.
31 Listen, Job; hear me; be quiet, and I will speak.
32 If you have words, answer me; speak, for I want to be innocent.
33 If not, you must hear me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
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Job 34

1 Elihu continued:
2 Hear my words, wise ones; knowledgeable ones, listen to me,
3 for the ear tests words like the palate tastes food.
4 Let's choose for us what's right; let's determine among ourselves what's good;
5 for Job has said, "I'm innocent; God has denied my just cause;
6 because of my cause I'm thought a liar; my wound from an arrow is incurable, even though I didn't rebel."
7 Who is a man like Job? He drinks mockery like water
8 and travels a path with wrongdoers, walking with evil persons.
9 Indeed he said, "No one is rewarded for delighting in God."
10 Therefore, intelligent ones, hear me; far be it from God to do evil and the Almighty to sin,
11 for he repays people based on what they do, paying back everyone according to their ways.
12 Surely God doesn't act wickedly; the Almighty doesn't distort justice.
13 Who placed earth in his care, and who gave him dominion over the entire world?
14 If he were to decide to do it— to gather his spirit and breath back to himself—
15 all flesh would die together, and humans would return to dust.
16 But if you have understanding, hear this; pay attention to the sound of my words.
17 Will one who hates justice rule; will you condemn the most righteous one?
18 Will you say to a king, "Worthless!" to royalty, "Evil!"
19 Who shows no favor to princes nor regards the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of God's hands?
20 In the middle of the night they suddenly die; people are shaken and pass away. The mighty are removed, not by a human hand.
21 God's eyes are on human ways, and he sees all their steps.
22 There's no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves;
23 surely no time is set for a person to appear before God in judgment.
24 He shatters the mighty without examining them; makes others take their place.
25 Thus he regards their deeds, overturns them at night, and they are crushed.
26 He strikes them because of their wickedness at a place where people can see it.
27 Because they turned from following him and didn't value all his ways,
28 causing the cry of the poor to reach him, he hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 Still, if he remains quiet, who can condemn; if he hides his face, who can see him?
30 He prevents a lawless person from ruling, from capturing people.
31 Has Job said to God, "I have borne punishment; I won't sin again?
32 You teach me what I can't see; if I've sinned, I won't do it again."
33 Will he repay you because you reject sin, for you must choose, not I; declare what you know.
34 Smart people say to me, the wise who hear me,
35 "Job speaks without knowledge; his words aren't astute."
36 I wish Job would be tested to the limit because he responds like evil people.
37 He adds rebellion to his sin; mocks us openly and adds to his words against God.
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