||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 34 [Commentary] |
||Then Elihu continued and said,
||"Hear my words, you wise men,
And listen to me, you who know.
||"For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
||"Let us choose for ourselves what is right;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
||"For Job has said, `I am righteous,
But God has taken away my right;
||Should I lie concerning my right?
My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
||"What man is like Job,
Who drinks up derision like water,
||Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walks with wicked men?
||"For he has said, `It profits a man nothing
When he is pleased with God.'
||"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding.
Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to do wrong.
||"For He pays a man according to his work,
And makes him find it according to his way.
||"Surely, God will not act wickedly,
And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
||"Who gave Him authority over the earth?
And who has laid on Him the whole world?
||"If He should determine to do so,
If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
||All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.
||"But if you have understanding, hear this;
Listen to the sound of my words.
||"Shall one who hates justice rule?
And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
||Who says to a king, `Worthless one,'
To nobles, `Wicked ones';
||Who shows no partiality to princes
Nor regards the rich above the poor,
For they all are the work of His hands?
||"In a moment they die, and at midnight
People are shaken and pass away,
And the mighty are taken away without a hand.
||"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his steps.
||"There is no darkness or deep shadow
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
||"For He does not need to consider a man further,
That he should go before God in judgment.
||"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry,
And sets others in their place.
||"Therefore He knows their works,
And He overthrows them in the night,
And they are crushed.
||"He strikes them like the wicked
In a public place,
||Because they turned aside from following Him,
And had no regard for any of His ways;
||So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him,
And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--
||When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn?
And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him,
That is, in regard to both nation and man?--
||So that godless men would not rule
Nor be snares of the people.
||"For has anyone said to God,
`I have borne chastisement;
I will not offend anymore;
||Teach me what I do not see;
If I have done iniquity,
I will not do it again'?
||"Shall He recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it?
For you must choose, and not I;
Therefore declare what you know.
||"Men of understanding will say to me,
And a wise man who hears me,
||`Job speaks without knowledge,
And his words are without wisdom.
||`Job ought to be tried to the limit,
Because he answers like wicked men.
||`For he adds rebellion to his sin;
He claps his hands among us,
And multiplies his words against God.' "
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