Job 34:12

12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

Job 34:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
ESV
12 Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
NLT
12 Truly, God will not do wrong. The Almighty will not twist justice.
MSG
12 It's impossible for God to do anything wicked, for the Mighty One to subvert justice.
CSB
12 Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice.

Job 34:12 Meaning and Commentary

Job 34:12

Yea, surely God will not do wickedly
This truth is repeated and affirmed in the strongest manner; or "will not condemn", as the Vulgate Latin version, and so the Targum, that is, he will not condemn the righteous; for, though he may afflict them, which is done that they may not be condemned with the world, he will not condemn them; for there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ; his righteousness, by which they are justified, secures them from all condemnation;

neither will the Almighty pervert judgment:
pronounce a wrong sentence, decline the execution of justice, swerve from the rule of it, or do a wrong thing; for he punishes wherever he finds it, either in the sinner or his surety; and his punishing it in his Son, as the surety of his people, is the strongest proof of his punitive justice that can be given: nor does he neglect to chastise his people for sin, though satisfied for; so far is he from conniving at sin, and still further from committing it; see (See Gill on Job 8:2).

Job 34:12 In-Context

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 repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves.
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,

Cross References 2

  • 1. S ver 10; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18
  • 2. S Job 8:3; Psalms 9:16; Colossians 3:25; 2 Thessalonians 1:6