THE BOOK OF
Job 34 ©
Elihu, desiring to be heard, v. 1, etc. Charges Job that he kept himself to be too righteous, 5. And considered piety to be unprofitable, 9. He shows that the almighty God cannot be unrighteous, 10. But that His righteousness appears in all His works, 19. Exhorts Job to humble himself before the Lord, 31. Entreats God to make him suitable for it, 36.
FURTHERMORE Elihu 1answered and said,
Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
Fora the ear 2trieth words, 3as the mouth tasteth meat.
Let us choose to us 4judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
For Job hath said, 5I am righteous: andb6God hath taken away my judgment.
7Should I lie against my right? 8myc wound is incurable 9without transgression.
What man is 10like Job, who drinketh up scorning 11like water?
12Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with 13wicked men.
For 14he hath said, 15It profiteth a man nothing 16that he should delight himself with God.
Therefore hearken unto me, 17ye men of understanding: 18far bed it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
Fore the work of a man shall he 19render unto him, and cause every 20man to find according to his 21ways.
Yea, surely God will not 22do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
23Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
Iff he set 24his heart upon 25man, if he gather unto himself 26his spirit and his breath;
27All flesh shall perish together, and 28man shall turn again untog dust.
If now 29thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
Shallh even he that hateth right 30govern?i and wilt thou condemn him that is 31most just?
32Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art 33wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
How much less to 34him that accepteth notj35the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
In a moment shall they 36die, and 37the people shall be troubled 38at midnight, and 39pass away: 40and the mighty shall be taken away 41without hand.
For hisk eyes are upon the 42ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
Therel43is no darkness, nor 44shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
For 45he will not lay upon man 46more than right; 47that he should enter into judgment with God.
He shall break in pieces mighty men 48without number, and set others in their stead.
Therefore he knoweth their works, 49and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
He 50striketh them 51as wicked men in 52the open sight of others;
Because they turned back from 53him, andm would not consider any of 54his ways:
So that they cause the cry of the poor to come 55unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
56When he giveth quietness, who then can 57make trouble? and when he 58hideth his face, 59who then can behold 60him? 61whether it be done 62against a nation, or against a man 63only:
64That the 65hypocrite reign not, lest the people be 66ensnared.
67Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not 68offend any more:
That which 69I see not 70teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, 71I will do no more.
Should it be according to 72thy mind? 73he will recompense it, whether thou 74refuse, or 75whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak 76what thou knowest.
77Let men of understanding tell 78me, and let a wise man hearken 79unto me.
Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
80My desire is that Job may be 81tried 82unto the end because of his 83answers for 84wicked men.
For he addeth 85rebellion unto his 86sin, he clappeth 87his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.