Bible: Job 34
Elihu’s Second Speech 1
34:1 Elihu answered:
34:2 “Listen to my words, you wise men;
34:3 For the ear assesses 4 words
as the mouth 5 tastes food.
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,
34:9 For he says, ‘It does not profit a man
when he makes his delight with God.’ 18
God is Not Unjust
34:10 “Therefore, 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?
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
34:16 “If 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,
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
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,
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.
If he hides his face, then who can see him?
34:30 so that the godless man should not rule,
and not lay snares for the people. 54
Job Is Foolish to Rebel
34:31 “Has 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.’
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.”