Job 34:1-37 NIV

Job 34:1-37 NIV [1] Then Elihu said: [2] "Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning. [3] For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food. [4] Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. [5] "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice. [6] Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.' [7] Is there anyone like Job, who drinks scorn like water? [8] He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with the wicked. [9] For he says, 'There is no profit in trying to please God.' [10] "So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. [11] He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves. [12] It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. [13] Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? [14] If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, [15] all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust. [16] "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. [17] Can someone who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? [18] Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,' [19] who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands? [20] They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand. [21] "His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step. [22] There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide. [23] God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment. [24] Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place. [25] Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed. [26] He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them, [27] because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways. [28] They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy. [29] But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike, [30] to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people. [31] "Suppose someone says to God, 'I am guilty but will offend no more. [32] Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.' [33] Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know. [34] "Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me, [35] 'Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.' [36] Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man! [37] To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God."

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