Job Chapter Thirty Four

1: Furthermore Elihu answered and said,

2: Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

3: For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

4: Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

5: For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.

6: Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.

7: :What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?

8: Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

9: For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

10: Therefore 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.

11: For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

12: Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

13: Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

14: If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

15: All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

16: If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

17: Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?

18: Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

19: How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

20: In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.

21: For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

22: There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23: For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.

24: He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.

25: Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

26: He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;

27: Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:

28: So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

29: When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:

30: That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

31: Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

32: That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

33: Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

34: Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

35: Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

36: My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.

37: For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.