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Job 34 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice
God Cannot Be Unjust
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:1 - Elihu further answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:2 - “Hear my words, you wise men;
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:3 - For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:4 - Let us choose justice for ourselves;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:5 - “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,
But God has taken away my justice;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:6 - Should I lie concerning my right?
My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:7 - What man is like Job,
Who drinks scorn like water,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:8 - Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walks with wicked men?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:9 - For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
That he should delight in God.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:10 - “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:
Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:11 - For He repays man according to his work,
And makes man to find a reward according to his way.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:12 - Surely God will never do wickedly,
Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:13 - Who gave Him charge over the earth?
Or who appointed Him over the whole world?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:14 - If He should set His heart on it,
If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:15 - All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:16 - “If you have understanding, hear this;
Listen to the sound of my words:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:17 - Should one who hates justice govern?
Will you condemn Him who is most just?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:18 - Is it fitting to say to a king, ‘You are worthless,’
And to nobles, ‘You are wicked’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:19 - Yet He is not partial to princes,
Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor;
For they are all the work of His hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:20 - In a moment they die, in the middle of the night;
The people are shaken and pass away;
The mighty are taken away without a hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:21 - “For His eyes are on the ways of man,
And He sees all his steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:22 - There is no darkness nor shadow of death
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:23 - For He need not further consider a man,
That he should go before God in judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:24 - He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry,
And sets others in their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:25 - Therefore He knows their works;
He overthrows them in the night,
And they are crushed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:26 - He strikes them as wicked men
In the open sight of others,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:27 - Because they turned back from Him,
And would not consider any of His ways,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:28 - So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him;
For He hears the cry of the afflicted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:29 - When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?
And when He hides His face, who then can see Him,
Whether it is against a nation or a man alone?—
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:30 - That the hypocrite should not reign,
Lest the people be ensnared.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:31 - “For has anyone said to God,
‘I have borne chastening;
I will offend no more;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:32 - Teach me what I do not see;
If I have done iniquity, I will do no more’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:33 - Should He repay it according to your terms,
Just because you disavow it?
You must choose, and not I;
Therefore speak what you know.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:34 - “Men of understanding say to me,
Wise men who listen to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:35 - ‘Job speaks without knowledge,
His words are without wisdom.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:36 - Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost,
Because his answers are like those of wicked men!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 34:37 - For he adds rebellion to his sin;
He claps his hands among us,
And multiplies his words against God.”

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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