Job 34

1Elihu chargeth Job with calling to account God's justice; 10whose sovereign perfections suffer him not to be unjust. 31Man ought to humble himself before God. 34Job is blamed for his rash discourses.

1FURTHERMORE Elihu answered and said,

2Hear my words, O aye wise men ; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

a Pr. 1.5. 1Ti. 4.12. 1Co. 10.15; 14.20.

3bFor the ear trieth words, as the 1mouth tasteth meat.

1Heb. palate.

b ch. 12.11; 6.30.

4Let us cchoose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

c Ju. 19.30. 1Th. 5.21. ch. 29.16.

5For Job hath said, dI am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.

d ch. 33.9; 9.17; 10.7; 16.17; 27.2.

6eShould I lie against my right? 2my wound is incurable without transgression.

2Heb. mine arrow, ch. 6.4; 16.13.

e ch. 9.17; 16.17-20; 27.5,6.

7What man is like Job, who fdrinketh up scorning like water?

f ch. 15.16; 11.3; 12.2; 16.2,3; 26.2,3. Pr. 4.17.

8Which ggoeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

g v.9. ch. 15.5; 36.21; 11.3.

9For he hath said, It hprofiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

h ch. 9.22,23; 30.26; 24.1; 21.7,15; 22.17; 35.3. Mal. 3.14. Ps. 73.13.

10Therefore hearken unto me, ye 3men of understanding: ifar be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

3Heb. men of heart, v.2,3. 1Co. 10.15.

i De. 32.4. 2Ch. 19.7. ch. 8.3; 36.23. Ps. 92.15; 145.17. Ro. 9.14.

11For the jwork of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find kaccording to his ways.

j Ps. 62.12. Pr. 24.12. Je. 32.19. Eze. 33.20. Mat. 16.27. Ro. 2.6. 2Co. 5.10. 1Pe. 1.17. Re. 22.12. k Je. 17.10.

12Yea, lsurely God will not do wickedly, neither will mthe Almighty pervert judgment.

l Ge. 18.25. Ex. 15.11. Ps. 11.7; 145.17. Hab. 1.12,13. Zep. 3.5. m ch. 8.3.

13Who nhath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed 4the whole world?

4Heb. all of it?

n 1Ch. 29.11. 2Ch. 36.23. Da. 4.34,35.

14If ohe set his heart 5upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

5Heb. upon him.

o Ps. 104.29.

15All pflesh shall perish together, and man qshall turn again unto dust.

p Ge. 3.19. Ec. 7.15; 12.7. ch. 30.23. Is. 57.1. q Ps. 146.4.

16If now thou rhast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

r 1Co. 10.15; 2.12,15. 2Ti. 3.15-17. Jn. 6.45. Is. 42.23.

17Shall seven he that hateth right 6govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?

6Heb. bind?

s 2Sa. 23.3. Ge. 18.25. Ro. 3.5,6.

18tIs it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

t Ex. 22.28. Ac. 23.3-5. Ro. 13.7.

19How umuch less to him that vaccepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the wrich more than the poor? for they all are xthe work of his hands.

u He. 12.28. v De. 10.17. 2Ch. 19.7. Ac. 10.34. Ro. 2.11. Ga. 2.6. Ep. 6.9. Col. 3.25. 1Pe. 1.17. ch. 42.8. w Ja. 2.5. x ch. 31.15. 1Sa. 2.7. Pr. 22.2.

20In ya moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and 7the mighty shall be taken away zwithout hand.

7Heb. they shall take away the mighty.

y Ps. 73.18-20. Lu. 17.26-29. Ex. 12.29. Is. 37.36. z Is. 30.33. Da. 2.34,35; 8.25. ch. 18; 20.

21For ahis eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

a 2Ch. 16.9. ch. 31.4. Pr. 5.21; 15.3. Je. 16.17; 32.19. Ps. 139.1-6.

22There is bno darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may chide themselves.

b ch. 3.5. Ps. 139.12. He. 4.13. Am. 9.2,3. c Re. 6.15,16.

23For dhe will not lay upon man more than right ; that he should 8enter into judgment with God.

8Heb. go.

d Je. 12.1. Da. 9.7-9. Ezr. 9.13. La. 3.39. Ps. 119.137. Is. 42.3. 1Co. 10.13.

24He shall ebreak in pieces mighty men 9without number, and set others in their *stead.

9Heb. without searching out.


e Ps. 2.9; 75.7; 113.7,8.

25Therefore he fknoweth their works, and he overturneth them gin the night, so that they are 10destroyed.

10Heb. crushed.

f Ps. 50.21. Am. 8.7. g v.20. Ps. 73.19,20. 1Th. 5.2,3.

26He striketh them as wicked men 11in the open sight of others;

11Heb. in the place of beholders, Ps. 58.10; 48.4-8. Ex. 14.30. Is. 66.24. Re. 18. 1Ti. 5.24.

27Because they hturned back 12from him, and would not iconsider any of his ways:

12Heb. from after him.

h De. 11.16. Ps. 40.4; 125.5; 78.41. Je. 11.10. i Ps. 28.5. Is. 5.12; 1.3; 42.25. Pr. 1.29,30.

28So jthat they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he kheareth the cry of the afflicted.

j Ja. 5.4,8. Ex. 2.23,24; 3.7,9. Ps. 12.5; 34.6. ch. 35.9. k Ex. 22.27.

29When lhe giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he mhideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:

l 2Sa. 7.1. Is. 26.3; 32.17; 14.3,4. Ro. 8.31-34. m Ps. 30.7; 27.9; 143.7. ch. 23.8,9.

30nThat the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

n v.24. Ps. 12.8. Pr. 29.2,4,8,12. Ho. 5.11. Mi. 6.16. 1Ki. 12.28.

31Surely oit is *meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement , I will not offend any more :

*meet-suitable, fit.

o Le. 26.41. Ps. 39.9. Je. 31.19; 3.13,14. Da. 9.7-14. Mi. 7.9.

32That pwhich I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, qI will do no more.

p Ps. 19.12; 90.8; 119.27; 32.8. 1Co. 13.12. ch. 42.4-6; 40.4,5. q Ep. 4.22.

3313Should it be according to thy mind? he rwill recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

13Heb. Should it be from with thee?

r Am. 3.2. Ps. 89.30-32; 135.6. Mat. 20.15. Da. 4.34,35.

34Let men 14of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

14Heb. of heart, v.2,4,10.

35Job shath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

s ch. 35.16; 38.2; 42.3; 40.4,5.

3615My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of this answers for wicked men.

15Or, My father, let Job be tried, Ge. 22.1. Ps. 17.3; 26.1,2; 139.23.

t ch. 12; 21; 24.

37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he uclappeth his hands among us, and vmultiplieth his words against God.

u ch. 27.23; 17.8. Ps. 47.1. v ch. 33.8-12; 35.2,3. v.5-7.