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Job 34 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Then Elihu continued,[fn] saying:

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Hear my words, you wise ones,

and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones.

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Doesn’t the ear test words

as the palate tastes food?

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Let us judge for ourselves what is right;

let us decide together what is good.

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For Job has declared, “I am righteous,

yet God has deprived me of justice.

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“Would I lie about my case?

My wound[fn] is incurable,

though I am without transgression.”

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What man is like Job?

He drinks derision like water.

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He keeps company with evildoers

and walks with wicked men.

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For he has said, “A man gains nothing

when he becomes God’s friend.”

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Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding.

It is impossible for God to do wrong,

and for the Almighty to act unjustly.

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For he repays a person according to his deeds,

and he gives him what his conduct deserves.[fn]

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Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly

and the Almighty does not pervert justice.

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Who gave him authority over the earth?

Who put him in charge of the entire world?

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If he put his mind to it

and withdrew the spirit and breath he gave,

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every living thing would perish together

and mankind would return to the dust.

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If you have understanding, hear this;

listen to what I have to say.

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Could one who hates justice govern the world?

Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One,

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who says to a king, “Worthless man! ”

and to nobles, “Wicked men! ”?

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God is not partial to princes

and does not favor the rich over the poor,

for they are all the work of his hands.

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They die suddenly in the middle of the night;

people shudder, then pass away.

Even the mighty are removed without effort.

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For his eyes watch over a man’s ways,

and he observes all his steps.

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There is no darkness, no deep darkness,

where evildoers can hide.

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God does not need to examine a person further,

that one should[fn] approach him in court.

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He shatters the mighty without an investigation

and sets others in their place.

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Therefore, he recognizes their deeds

and overthrows them by night, and they are crushed.

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In full view of the public,[fn]

he strikes them for their wickedness,

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because they turned aside from following him

and did not understand any of his ways

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but caused the poor to cry out to him,

and he heard the outcry of the needy.

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But when God is silent, who can declare him guilty?

When he hides his face, who can see him?

Yet he watches over both individuals and nations,

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so that godless men should not rule

or ensnare the people.

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Suppose someone says to God,

“I have endured my punishment;

I will no longer act wickedly.

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“Teach me what I cannot see;

if I have done wrong, I won’t do it again.”

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Should God repay you on your terms

when you have rejected his?

You must choose, not I!

So declare what you know.

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Reasonable men will say to me,

along with the wise men who hear me,

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“Job speaks without knowledge;

his words are without insight.”

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If only Job were tested to the limit,

because his answers are like those of wicked men.

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For he adds rebellion to his sin;

he scornfully claps in our presence,

while multiplying his words against God.

CSB Footnotes
Lit answered
Lit arrow
Lit and like a path of a man, he causes him to find
Some emend to God has not appointed a time for man to
Lit In a place of spectators

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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