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34 Then Elihu continued,F saying:

Hear my words, you wise ones,

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.i

Would I lie about my case?j

My woundG is incurable,

though I am without transgression.”

What man is like Job?

He drinks derisionk 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.”l

10 Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding.

It is impossible for God to do wrong,

and for the Almighty to act unjustly.m

11 For he repaysn a person according to his deeds,

and he gives him what his conduct deserves.H

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

and the Almighty does not pervert justice.o

13 Who gave him authority over the earth?

Who put him in charge of the entire world?p

14 If he put his mind to it

and withdrew the spiritq and breath he gave,

15 every living thing would perish together

and mankind would return to the dust.r

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,s

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

and to nobles, “Wicked men!”?t

19 God is not partialu 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.a

22 There is no darkness, no deep darkness,

where evildoers can hide.b

23 God does not need to examine a person further,

that one shouldA approach him in court.

24 He shatters the mighty without an investigation

and sets others in their place.c

25 Therefore, he recognizes their deedsd

and overthrows them by night, and they are crushed.

26 In full view of the public,B

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 needy.e

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;f

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 clapsg in our presence,

while multiplyingh his words against God.


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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