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Job 34

Elihu accuseth Job for charging God with injustice.

Job 34:1 Moreover Elihu answered and said, Job 34:2 Hear my words, ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth meat. Job 34:4 Let us choose for us that which is right: let us know among ourselves what is good. Job 34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous, and God hath taken away my right: Job 34:6 Notwithstanding my right I am [accounted] a liar; my wound is incurable, [though I am] without transgression. Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? Job 34:8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men. Job 34:9 For he hath said, it profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

God omnipotent cannot be unjust.

Job 34:10 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. Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. Job 34:12 Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. Job 34:13 Who gave him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world? Job 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; Job 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust. Job 34:16 If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words. Job 34:17 Shall even one that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is just [and] mighty? Job 34:18 Is it [fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] vile? [or] to nobles, [Ye are] wicked? Job 34:19 [How much less to] him that respecteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands. Job 34:20 In a moment they die, even at midnight; the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away without hand. Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, and he seeth all his goings. Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Job 34:23 For he needeth not further to consider a man, that he should go before God in judgment. Job 34:24 He breaketh in pieces mighty men [in ways] past finding out, and setteth others in their stead. Job 34:25 Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. Job 34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; Job 34:27 Because they turned aside from following him, and would not have regard to any of his ways: Job 34:28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heard the cry of the afflicted. Job 34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether [it be done] unto a nation, or unto a man, alike: Job 34:30 That the godless man reign not, that there be none to ensnare the people.

Man must humble himself unto God.

Job 34:31 For hath any said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]: Job 34:32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more? Job 34:33 Shall his recompence be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? for thou must choose, and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

Elihu reproveth Job.

Job 34:34 Men of understanding will say unto me, yea, every wise man that heareth me: Job 34:35 Job speaketh without knowledge, and his words are without wisdom. Job 34:36 Would that Job were tried unto the end, because of his answering like wicked men. Job 34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

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