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34 Elihu further answered and said:
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3 aFor the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
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.’
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.
Nor will the Almighty ipervert justice.
Or who appointed Him over the whole world?
If He should jgather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
15 kAll flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.
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.
That he should go before God in judgment.
24 tHe breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry,
And sets others in their place.
He overthrows them in the night,
And they are crushed.
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.
And when He hides His face, who then can see Him,
Whether it is against a nation or a man alone?—
Lest the people be ensnared.
‘I have borne chastening;
I will offend no more;
If I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?
Just because you disavow it?
You must choose, and not I;
Therefore speak what you know.
Wise men who listen to me:
35 ‘Job yspeaks without knowledge,
His words are without wisdom.’
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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