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Job 34 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Then Elihu answered and said:

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“Hear my words, you wise men,
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for the ear tests words
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Let us choose what is right;
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For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,
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in spite of my right I am counted a liar;
my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

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What man is like Job,
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who travels in company with evildoers
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For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
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“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding:
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For according to the work of a man he will repay him,
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Of a truth, God will not do wickedly,
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Who gave him charge over the earth,
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If he should set his heart to it
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all flesh would perish together,
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“If you have understanding, hear this;
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Shall one who hates justice govern?
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who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’
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who shows no partiality to princes,
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In a moment they die;
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“For his eyes are on the ways of a man,
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There is no gloom or deep darkness
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For God[fn] has no need to consider a man further,
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He shatters the mighty without investigation
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Thus, knowing their works,
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He strikes them for their wickedness
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because they turned aside from following him
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so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him,
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When he is quiet, who can condemn?
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that a godless man should not reign,
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“For has anyone said to God,
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teach me what I do not see;
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Will he then make repayment to suit you,
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Men of understanding will say to me,
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‘Job speaks without knowledge;
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Would that Job were tried to the end,
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For he adds rebellion to his sin;
he claps his hands among us
and multiplies his words against God.”
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The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 29-33 is uncertain

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