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34 Then Elihu continued, o saying:

Hear my words, you wise men,

and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones.

Doesn’t the ear test words

as the palate tastes food?

Let us judge for ourselves what is right;

let us decide together what is good.

For Job has declared, “I am righteous,

yet God has deprived me of justice. p

Would I lie about my case? q

My wound r is incurable,

though I am without transgression.”

What man is like Job?

He drinks derision s like water.

He keeps company with evildoers

and walks with wicked men.

For he has said, “A man gains nothing

when he becomes God’s friend.” t

10 Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding.

It is impossible for God to do wrong,

and for the * Almighty to act unjustly. u

11 For He repays v a person according to his deeds,

and He brings his ways on him.

12 Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly

and the Almighty does not pervert justice. w

13 Who gave Him authority over the earth?

Who put Him in charge of the entire world? x

14 If He put His mind to it

and withdrew the spirit y and breath He gave,

15 every living thing would perish together

and mankind would return to the dust. z

16 If you have understanding, hear this;

listen to what I have to say.

17 Could one who hates justice govern the world?

Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One, a

18 who says to a king, “Worthless man!”

and to nobles, “Wicked men!”? b

19 God is not partial c 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;

people shudder, then pass away.

Even the mighty are removed without effort.

21 For His eyes watch over a man’s ways,

and He observes all his steps. d

22 There is no darkness, no deep darkness,

where evildoers can hide themselves. e

23 God does not need to examine a person further,

that one should f approach Him in court.

24 He shatters the mighty without an investigation

and sets others in their place. g

25 Therefore, He recognizes their deeds h

and overthrows them by night, and they are crushed.

26 In full view of the public, i

He strikes them for their wickedness,

27 because they turned aside from following Him

and did not understand any of His ways

28 but caused the poor to cry out to Him,

and He heard the outcry of the afflicted. j

29 But when God is silent, who can declare Him * guilty?

When He hides His face, who can see Him?

Yet He watches over both individuals and nations,

30 so that godless men should not rule

or ensnare the people.

31 Suppose someone says to God,

“I have endured my punishment;

I will no longer act wickedly.

32 Teach me what I cannot see;

if I have done wrong, I won’t do it again.”

33 Should God repay you on your terms

when you have rejected His?

You must choose, not I!

So declare what you know.

34 Reasonable men will say to me,

along with the wise men who hear me,

35 “Job speaks without knowledge; k

his words are without insight.”

36 If only Job were tested to the limit,

because his answers are like those of wicked men.

37 For he adds rebellion to his sin;

he scornfully claps l in our presence,

while multiplying m his words against God.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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