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Elihu Continues: Listen, Everyone

Elihu continued to speak ⸤to Job and his friends⸥, 

“Listen to my words, you wise men. 

Open your ears to me, you intelligent men. 

The ear tests words 

like the tongue tastes food. 

Let’s decide for ourselves what is right 

and agree among ourselves as to what is good, 

because Job has said, 

‘I’m righteous, but God has taken away my rights. 

I’m considered a liar in spite of my rights. 

I’ve been wounded by a deadly arrow, 

though I haven’t been disobedient.’ 

What person is like Job, 

who drinks scorn like water, 

who travels with troublemakers 

and associates with evil people? 

He says, ‘It doesn’t do any good to try to please God.’ 

10  “You people who have understanding, listen to me. 

It is unthinkable that God would ever do evil 

or that the Almighty would ever do wicked things. 

11  God will repay humanity for what it has done 

and will give each person what he deserves. 

12  Certainly, God will never do anything evil, 

and the Almighty will never pervert justice. 

13  Who put him in charge of the earth? 

Who appointed him to be over the whole world? 

14  If he thought only of himself 

and withdrew his Spirit and his breath, 

15  all living beings would die together, 

and humanity would return to dust. 

God Is Fair

16  “If you understand, listen to this. 

Open your ears to my words! 

17  Should anyone who hates justice be allowed to govern? 

Will you condemn the one who is righteous and mighty? 

18  Should anyone ⸤even⸥ say to a king, 

‘You good-for-nothing scoundrel!’ 

or to nobles, ‘You wicked people!’ 

19  The one who is righteous and mighty 

does not grant special favors to princes 

or prefer important people over poor people 

because his hands made them all. 

20  They die suddenly in the middle of the night. 

People have seizures and pass away. 

Mighty people are taken away but not by human hands. 

21  God’s eyes are on a person’s ways. 

He sees all his steps. 

22  There’s no darkness or deep shadow 

where troublemakers can hide. 

23  He doesn’t have to set a time for a person 

in order to bring him to divine judgment. 

24  He breaks mighty people into pieces without examining them 

and puts others in their places. 

25  He knows what they do, 

so he overthrows them at night, and they’re crushed. 

26  In return for their evil, he strikes them in public, 

27  because they turned away from following him 

and didn’t consider any of his ways. 

28  They forced the poor to cry out to him, 

and he hears the cry of those who suffer. 

29  If he keeps quiet, who can condemn him? 

If he hides his face, who can see him 

whether it is a nation or a single person? 

30  ⸤He does this⸥ so that godless people cannot rule 

and so that they cannot trap people. 

31  “But suppose such a person says to God, ‘I am guilty, 

I will stop my immoral behavior. 

32  Teach me what I cannot see. 

If I’ve done wrong, I won’t do it again.’ 

33  Should God reward you on your own terms since you have rejected his? 

You must choose, not I. 

Tell me what you know. Speak! 

Elihu Makes an Appeal to God

34  “People of understanding, the wise people 

who listen to me, will say, 

35  ‘Job speaks without knowledge. 

His words show no insight.’ 

36  “My Father, let Job be thoroughly tested 

for giving answers like wicked people do. 

37  He adds disobedience to his sin. 

He claps his hands to insult us. 

He multiplies his words against God.” 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

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