Bible: Job 34

Elihu’s Second Speech 1 

34:1 Elihu answered:

34:2Listen to my words, you wise men;

hear 2  me, you learned men. 3 

34:3 For the ear assesses 4  words

as the mouth 5  tastes food.

34:4 Let us evaluate 6  for ourselves what is right; 7 

let us come to know among ourselves what is good.

34:5 For Job says, ‘I am innocent, 8 

but God turns away my right.

34:6 Concerning my right, should I lie? 9 

My wound 10  is incurable,

although I am without transgression.’ 11 

34:7 What man is like Job,

who 12  drinks derision 13  like water!

34:8 He goes about 14  in company 15  with evildoers,

he goes along 16  with wicked men. 17 

34:9 For he says, ‘It does not profit a man

when he makes his delight with God.’ 18 

God is Not Unjust

34:10Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. 19 

Far be it from 20  God to do wickedness,

from the Almighty to do evil.

34:11 For he repays a person for his work, 21 

and according to the conduct of a person,

he causes the consequences to find him. 22 

34:12 Indeed, in truth, God does not act wickedly,

and the Almighty does not pervert justice.

34:13 Who entrusted 23  to him the earth?

And who put him over 24  the whole world?

34:14 If God 25  were to set his heart on it, 26 

and gather in his spirit and his breath,

34:15 all flesh would perish together

and human beings would return to dust.

God Is Impartial and Omniscient

34:16If you have 27  understanding, listen to this,

hear what I have to say. 28 

34:17 Do you really think 29 

that one who hates justice can govern? 30 

And will you declare guilty

the supremely righteous 31  One,

34:18 who says to a king, 32 Worthless man’ 33 

and to nobles, ‘Wicked men,’

34:19 who shows no partiality to princes,

and does not take note of 34  the rich more than the poor,

because all of them are the work of his hands?

34:20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night, 35 

people 36  are shaken 37  and they pass away.

The mighty are removed effortlessly. 38 

34:21 For his eyes are on the ways of an individual,

he observes all a person’s 39  steps.

34:22 There is no darkness, and no deep darkness,

where evildoers can hide themselves. 40 

34:23 For he does not still consider a person, 41 

that he should come before God in judgment.

34:24 He shatters the great without inquiry, 42 

and sets up others in their place.

34:25 Therefore, he knows their deeds,

he overthrows them 43  in the night 44 

and they are crushed.

34:26 He strikes them for their wickedness, 45 

in a place where people can see, 46 

34:27 because they have turned away from following him,

and have not understood 47  any of his ways,

34:28 so that they caused 48  the cry of the poor

to come before him,

so that he hears 49  the cry of the needy.

34:29 But if God 50  is quiet, who can condemn 51  him?

If he hides his face, then who can see him?

Yet 52  he is over the individual and the nation alike, 53 

34:30 so that the godless man should not rule,

and not lay snares for the people. 54 

Job Is Foolish to Rebel

34:31Has anyone said to God,

I have endured chastisement, 55 

but I will not act wrongly any more.

34:32 Teach me what I cannot see. 56 

If I have done evil, I will do so no more.’

34:33 Is it your opinion 57  that God 58  should recompense it,

because you reject this? 59 

But you must choose, and not I,

so tell us what you know.

34:34 Men of understanding say to me –

any wise man listening to me says –

34:35 that 60  Job speaks without knowledge

and his words are without understanding. 61 

34:36 But 62  Job will be tested to the end,

because his answers are like those of wicked men.

34:37 For he adds transgression 63  to his sin;

in our midst he claps his hands, 64 

and multiplies his words against God.”

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