Job Chapter 34 to 36 : American Standard Version
1Moreover Elihu answered and said, 2Hear my words, ye wise men; And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 3For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food. 4Let us choose for us that which is right: Let us know among ourselves what is good. 5For Job hath said, I am righteous, And God hath taken away my right: 6Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar; My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression. 7What man is like Job, Who drinketh up scoffing like water, 8Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, And walketh with wicked men? 9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight himself with God. 10Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 11For the work of a man will he render unto him, And cause every man to find according to his ways. 12Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice. 13Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world? 14If he set his heart upon himself, If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 15All flesh shall perish together, And man shall turn again unto dust. 16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: Hearken to the voice of my words. 17Shall even one that hateth justice govern? And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?- 18Him that saith to a king, Thou art vile, Or to nobles, Ye are wicked; 19That respecteth not the persons of princes, Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands. 20In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without hand. 21For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, And he seeth all his goings. 22There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he needeth not further to consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment. 24He breaketh in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, And setteth others in their stead. 25Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 26He striketh them as wicked men In the open sight of others; 27Because they turned aside from following him, And would not have regard in any of his ways: 28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, And he heard the cry of the afflicted. 29When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn? And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? Alike whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man: 30That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people. 31For hath any said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 32That which I see not teach thou me: If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more? 33Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? For thou must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what thou knowest. 34Men of understanding will say unto me, Yea, every wise man that heareth me: 35Job speaketh without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom. 36Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men. 37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin; He clappeth his hands among us, And multiplieth his words against God.
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1Moreover Elihu answered and said, 2Thinkest thou this to be thy right, Or sayest thou, My righteousness is more than God's, 3That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee? And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned? 4I will answer thee, And thy companions with thee. 5Look unto the heavens, and see; And behold the skies, which are higher than thou. 6If thou hast sinned, what effectest thou against him? And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? 7If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thy hand? 8Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; And thy righteousness may profit a son of man. 9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty. 10But none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night, 11Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens? 12There they cry, but none giveth answer, Because of the pride of evil men. 13Surely God will not hear an empty cry, Neither will the Almighty regard it. 14How much less when thou sayest thou beholdest him not, The cause is before him, and thou waitest for him! 15But now, because he hath not visited in his anger, Neither doth he greatly regard arrogance; 16Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vanity; He multiplieth words without knowledge.
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1Elihu also proceeded, and said, 2Suffer me a little, and I will show thee; For I have yet somewhat to say on God's behalf. 3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. 5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength of understanding. 6He preserveth not the life of the wicked, But giveth to the afflicted their right. 7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: But with kings upon the throne He setteth them for ever, and they are exalted. 8And if they be bound in fetters, And be taken in the cords of afflictions; 9Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly. 10He openeth also their ear to instruction, And commandeth that they return from iniquity. 11If they hearken and serve him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. 12But if they hearken not, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge. 13But they that are godless in heart lay up anger: They cry not for help when he bindeth them. 14They die in youth, And their life perisheth among the unclean. 15He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear in oppression. 16Yea, he would have allured thee out of distress Into a broad place, where there is no straitness; And that which is set on thy table would be full of fatness. 17But thou art full of the judgment of the wicked: Judgment and justice take hold on thee. 18For let not wrath stir thee up against chastisements; Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn thee aside. 19Will thy cry avail, that thou be not in distress, Or all the forces of thy strength? 20Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place. 21Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. 22Behold, God doeth loftily in his power: Who is a teacher like unto him? 23Who hath enjoined him his way? Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness? 24Remember that thou magnify his work, Whereof men have sung. 25All men have looked thereon; Man beholdeth it afar off. 26Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable. 27For he draweth up the drops of water, Which distil in rain from his vapor, 28Which the skies pour down And drop upon man abundantly. 29Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, The thunderings of his pavilion? 30Behold, he spreadeth his light around him; And he covereth the bottom of the sea. 31For by these he judgeth the peoples; He giveth food in abundance. 32He covereth his hands with the lightning, And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark. 33The noise thereof telleth concerning him, The cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up.