listen to me,n you men of learning.
as the tongue tastes food.o
4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right;p
let us learn together what is good.q
5 “Job says, ‘I am innocent,r
but God denies me justice.s
I am considered a liar;t
although I am guiltless,u
his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.’v
who drinks scorn like water?w
he associates with the wicked.x
in trying to please God.’y
Far be it from God to do evil,b
from the Almighty to do wrong.c
11 He repays everyone for what they have done;d
he brings on them what their conduct deserves.e
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,f
that the Almighty would pervert justice.g
13 Who appointedh him over the earth?
Who put him in charge of the whole world?i
15 all humanity would perishl together
and mankind would return to the dust.m
16 “If you have understanding,n hear this;
listen to what I say.o
17 Can someone who hates justice govern?p
Will you condemn the just and mighty One?q
19 who shows no partialityt to princes
and does not favor the rich over the poor,u
for they are all the work of his hands?v
20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;w
the people are shaken and they pass away;
the mighty are removed without human hand.x
21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals;y
he sees their every step.z
where evildoers can hide.c
23 God has no need to examine people further,d
that they should come before him for judgment.e
and sets up others in their place.h
25 Because he takes note of their deeds,i
26 He punishes them for their wickednessl
where everyone can see them,
27 because they turned from following himm
and had no regard for any of his ways.n
so that he heard the cry of the needy.o
If he hides his face,r who can see him?
Yet he is over individual and nation alike,s
from laying snares for the people.v
‘I am guiltyw but will offend no more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see;x
if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’y
when you refuse to repent?z
You must decide, not I;
so tell me what you know.
wise men who hear me say to me,
35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge;a
his words lack insight.’b
for answering like a wicked man!c
scornfully he claps his handsd among us
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