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Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice

34 Elihu further answered and said:

2 “Hear my words, you wise men;

Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

3 aFor the ear tests words

As the palate tastes food.

4 Let us choose justice for ourselves;

Let us know among ourselves what is good.

5 “For Job has said, b‘I am righteous,

But cGod has taken away my justice;

6 dShould I lie concerning my right?

My 1wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

7 What man is like Job,

eWho drinks 2scorn like water,

8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,

And walks with wicked men?

9 For fhe has said, ‘It profits a man nothing

That he should delight in God.’

10 “Therefore listen to me, you 3men of understanding:

gFar be it from God to do wickedness,

And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.

11 hFor He repays man according to his work,

And makes man to find a reward according to his way.

12 Surely God will never do wickedly,

Nor will the Almighty ipervert justice.

13 Who gave Him charge over the earth?

Or who appointed Him over the whole world?

14 If He should set His heart on it,

If He should jgather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,

15 kAll flesh would perish together,

And man would return to dust.

16 “If you have understanding, hear this;

Listen to the sound of my words:

17 lShould one who hates justice govern?

Will you mcondemn Him who is most just?

18 nIs it fitting to say to a king, ‘You are worthless,’

And to nobles, ‘You are wicked’?

19 Yet He ois not partial to princes,

Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor;

For pthey are all the work of His hands.

20 In a moment they die, qin the middle of the night;

The people are shaken and pass away;

The mighty are taken away without a hand.

21 “For rHis eyes are on the ways of man,

And He sees all his steps.

22 sThere is no darkness nor shadow of death

Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23 For He need not further consider a man,

That he should go before God in judgment.

24 tHe breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry,

And sets others in their place.

25 Therefore He knows their works;

He overthrows them in the night,

And they are crushed.

26 He strikes them as wicked men

In the open sight of others,

27 Because they uturned back from Him,

And vwould not consider any of His ways,

28 So that they wcaused the cry of the poor to come to Him;

For He xhears the cry of the afflicted.

29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?

And when He hides His face, who then can see Him,

Whether it is against a nation or a man alone?—

30 That the hypocrite should not reign,

Lest the people be ensnared.

31 “For has anyone said to God,

‘I have borne chastening;

I will offend no more;

32 Teach me what I do not see;

If I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?

33 Should He repay it according to your terms,

Just because you disavow it?

You must choose, and not I;

Therefore speak what you know.

34 “Men of understanding say to me,

Wise men who listen to me:

35 ‘Job yspeaks without knowledge,

His words are without wisdom.’

36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost,

Because his answers are like those of wicked men!

37 For he adds zrebellion to his sin;

He claps his hands among us,

And multiplies his words against God.”


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