Bishops' Bible

Job 34

Elihu accuseth Job for charging God with injustice.

Job 34:1 Elihu proceeding in his aunswere, sayde: Job 34:2 Heare my wordes O ye wise men, hearken vnto me ye that haue vnderstanding: Job 34:3 For the eare discerneth wordes, and the mouth tasteth the meates. Job 34:4 As for iudgement, let vs seke it out among our selues, that we may knowe what is good. Job 34:5 [And why?] Iob hath sayd, I am righteous, and God hath taken away my iudgement. Job 34:6 In my right I shoulde be a lyer: my wounde is incurable without my fault. Job 34:7 Where is there such a one as Iob, that drinketh vp scornefulnesse like water? Job 34:8 Which goeth in the companie of wicked doers, and walketh with vngodly men? Job 34:9 For he hath sayde, It profiteth a man nothing that he shoulde walke with God.

God omnipotent cannot be unjust.

Job 34:10 Therfore hearken vnto me ye that haue vnderstanding: farre be it from God that he shoulde meddle with wickednesse, & farre be it from the almightie that he shoulde meddle with vnrighteous dealing. Job 34:11 For he shall rewarde man after his workes, and cause euery man to finde according to his wayes. Job 34:12 Sure it is that God wil not do wickedly, neither wyll the almightie paruert iudgement. Job 34:13 Who ruleth the earth but he? or who hath placed the whole world? Job 34:14 If he set his heart vpon [man] and gather vnto hym selfe his spirite and his breath, Job 34:15 All fleshe shall come to naught at once, and all men shall turne againe vnto dust. Job 34:16 If thou nowe haue vnderstanding, heare what I say, and hearken to the voyce of my wordes: Job 34:17 May he be a ruler that loueth not right? or may he that is a very innocent man do vngodly? Job 34:18 Is it reason that thou shouldest say to the king, Thou art wicked, or thou art vngodly, and that before the princes? Job 34:19 God hath no respect vnto the persons of the lordly, and regardeth not the riche more then the poore: for they be al the worke of his handes. Job 34:20 In the twinckling of an eye shall they dye, and at midnight when the people and the tirantes rage, then shall they perishe, & be taken away without handes. Job 34:21 For his eyes loke vpon the wayes of man, and he seeth all his goinges. Job 34:22 There is no darkenesse nor shadowe of death that can hide the wicked doers from him. Job 34:23 For God wil not lay vpon man more then he hath sinned, that he should enter into iudgement with him. Job 34:24 He shall destroy the mightie without seeking, and shall set other in their steede. Job 34:25 Therefore shall he declare their workes: he shall turne the night, and they shalbe destroyed. Job 34:26 The vngodly doth he punishe openly, Job 34:27 Because they tourned backe from him, and would not consider all his wayes: Job 34:28 Insomuch that they haue caused the voyce of the poore to come vnto him, and now he heareth the complaint of such as are in trouble. Job 34:29 When he geueth quietnesse, who can make trouble? and when he hydeth his face, who can beholde him? whether it be vpon nations, or vpo one man onely: Job 34:30 Because the hypocrite doth raigne, because the people are snared.

Man must humble himself unto God.

Job 34:31 Surely of God onely it can be saide, I haue pardoned, I wyll not destroy. Job 34:32 If I haue gone amisse, enfourme thou me: If I haue done wrong, I wyll leaue of. Job 34:33 Wyll he perfourme the thing through thee? for thou hast reproued his iudgement, thou also hast thyne owne minde, and not I: But speake on what thou knowest.

Elihu reproveth Job.

Job 34:34 Let men of vnderstanding tell me, and let a wyse man hearken vnto me. Job 34:35 Iob hath not spoken of knowledge, neither were his wordes according to wysdome. Job 34:36 O father, let Iob be well tryed, because he hath aunswered for wicked men: Job 34:37 Yea aboue his sinne he doth wickedly, triumpheth among vs, and multiplieth his wordes against God.

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