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Job 34

Elihu accuseth Job for charging God with injustice.

Job 34:1 And Eliu continued his discourse, and said: Job 34:2 Hear ye, wise men, my words, and ye learned, hearken to me: Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, and the mouth discerneth meats by the taste. Job 34:4 Let us choose to us judgment, and let us see among ourselves what is the best. Job 34:5 For Job hath said: I am just, and God hath overthrown my judgment. Job 34:6 For in judging me there is a lie: my arrow is violent without any sin. Job 34:7 What man is there like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? Job 34:8 Who goeth in company with them that work iniquity, and walketh with wicked men? Job 34:9 For he hath said: Man shall not please God, although he run with him.

God omnipotent cannot be unjust.

Job 34:10 Therefore, ye men of understanding, hear me: far from God be wickedness, and iniquity from the Almighty. Job 34:11 For he will render to a man his work, and according to the ways of every one he will reward them. Job 34:12 For in very deed God will not condemn without cause, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. Job 34:13 What other hath he appointed over the earth? or whom hath he set over the world which he made? Job 34:14 If he turn his heart to him, he shall draw his spirit and breath unto himself. Job 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall return into ashes. Job 34:16 If then thou hast understanding, hear what is said, and hearken to the voice of my words. Job 34:17 Can he be healed that loveth not judgment? and how dost thou so far condemn him that is just? Job 34:18 Who saith to the king: Thou art an apostate: who calleth rulers ungodly: Job 34:19 Who accepteth not the persons of princes: nor hath regarded the tyrant, when he contended against the poor man: for all are the work of his hands. Job 34:20 They shall suddenly die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and they shall pass, and take away the violent without hand. Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of men, and he considereth all their steps. Job 34:22 There is no darkness, and there is no shadow of death, where they may be hid who work iniquity. Job 34:23 For it is no longer in the power of man to enter into judgment with God. Job 34:24 He shall break in pieces many and innumerable, and shall make others to stand in their stead. Job 34:25 For he knoweth their works: and therefore he shall bring night on them, and they shall be destroyed. Job 34:26 He hath struck them, as being wicked, in open sight. Job 34:27 Who as it were on purpose have revolted from him, and would not understand all his ways: Job 34:28 So that they caused the cry of the needy to come to him, and he heard the voice of the poor. Job 34:29 For when he granteth peace, who is there that can condemn? When he hideth his countenance, who is there that can behold him, whether it regard nations, or all men? Job 34:30 Who maketh a man that is a hypocrite to reign for the sins of the people?

Man must humble himself unto God.

Job 34:31 Seeing then I have spoken of God, I will not hinder thee in thy turn. Job 34:32 If I have erred, teach thou me: if I have spoken iniquity, I will add no more. Job 34:33 Doth God require it of thee, because it hath displeased thee? for thou begannest to speak, and not I: but if thou know any thing better, speak.

Elihu reproveth Job.

Job 34:34 Let men of understanding speak to me, and let a wise man hearken to me. Job 34:35 But Job hath spoken foolishly, and his words sound not discipline. Job 34:36 My father, let Job be tried even to the end: cease not from the man of iniquity. Job 34:37 Because he addeth blasphemy upon his sins, let him be tied fast in the mean time amongst us: and then let him provoke God to judgment with his speeches.

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