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Job 34 New Life Version (NLV)

Elihu Keeps On Speaking

34 Then Elihu said, “Hear my words, you wise men. Listen to me, you who know. For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food. Let us choose for ourselves what is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good. For Job has said, ‘I am right and good, but God has taken away my right. Would I lie about my right? I have been hurt so that I cannot be healed, but I have done no wrong.’ What man is like Job, who drinks up words against him like water? He goes among those who do wrong, and walks with sinful men. For he has said, ‘A man gets nothing by trying to please God.’

10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do what is sinful, and from the All-powerful to do wrong. 11 For He pays a man by the work he does. He will see that a man is paid for what he does. 12 For sure God will not do wrong. The All-powerful will not turn what is right into sin. 13 Who gave Him the power over the earth? Who gave Him the whole world to take care of? 14 If He should take back His spirit and His breath, 15 all flesh would die together, and man would return to dust.

16 “If you have understanding, hear this. Listen to what I say. 17 Should one who hates what is right be the one to rule? Will you say that He Who is right and good and strong is guilty? 18 Who says to a king, ‘You are of no worth,’ and to rulers, ‘You are sinful’? 19 Who shows no favor to princes, or thinks of the rich as more important than the poor? They are all the work of His hands. 20 In a short time they die. At midnight the people are shaken and pass away. And the powerful are taken away by no human hand.

21 “For God’s eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. 22 There is no darkness or shadow where sinners can hide themselves. 23 For God does not need to set a time for man to go before Him and be judged. 24 He breaks powerful men in pieces without asking any reason, and puts others in their place. 25 For He knows their works. He puts them down in the night, and they are crushed. 26 God punishes them for their sin where everyone can see them. 27 Because they turned aside from following Him. They did not care about any of His ways. 28 So they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him. And He heard the cry of those in need. 29 When He keeps quiet, who can say He is wrong? When He hides His face, who can see Him? But He is over both nation and man. 30 So men without God should not rule and should not be a trap for the people.

31 “For has any one said to God, ‘I have suffered punishment, and will not cause any more trouble? 32 Teach me what I cannot see. If I have sinned, I will do it no more’? 33 Will God ask what you want to do, when you will not do what He says? You must decide, and not I. So tell what you know. 34 Men of understanding will say to me, and wise men who hear me say, 35 ‘Job speaks without much learning. His words are without wisdom. 36 Job should be tried to the end, because he answers like sinful men. 37 To his sin he adds a strong will against God. Making fun he claps his hands among us, and speaks many words against God.’”

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Job 34 New International Version (NIV)

34 Then Elihu said:

“Hear my words, you wise men;
    listen to me, you men of learning.
For the ear tests words
    as the tongue tastes food.
Let us discern for ourselves what is right;
    let us learn together what is good.

“Job says, ‘I am innocent,
    but God denies me justice.
Although I am right,
    I am considered a liar;
although I am guiltless,
    his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.’
Is there anyone like Job,
    who drinks scorn like water?
He keeps company with evildoers;
    he associates with the wicked.
For he says, ‘There is no profit
    in trying to please God.’

10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding.
    Far be it from God to do evil,
    from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 He repays everyone for what they have done;
    he brings on them what their conduct deserves.
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,
    that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who appointed him over the earth?
    Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If it were his intention
    and he withdrew his spirit[a] and breath,
15 all humanity would perish together
    and mankind would return to the dust.

16 “If you have understanding, hear this;
    listen to what I say.
17 Can someone who hates justice govern?
    Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’
    and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’
19 who shows no partiality to princes
    and does not favor the rich over the poor,
    for they are all the work of his hands?
20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;
    the people are shaken and they pass away;
    the mighty are removed without human hand.

21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals;
    he sees their every step.
22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness,
    where evildoers can hide.
23 God has no need to examine people further,
    that they should come before him for judgment.
24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty
    and sets up others in their place.
25 Because he takes note of their deeds,
    he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He punishes them for their wickedness
    where everyone can see them,
27 because they turned from following him
    and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him,
    so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him?
    If he hides his face, who can see him?
Yet he is over individual and nation alike,
30     to keep the godless from ruling,
    from laying snares for the people.

31 “Suppose someone says to God,
    ‘I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see;
    if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’
33 Should God then reward you on your terms,
    when you refuse to repent?
You must decide, not I;
    so tell me what you know.

34 “Men of understanding declare,
    wise men who hear me say to me,
35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge;
    his words lack insight.’
36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost
    for answering like a wicked man!
37 To his sin he adds rebellion;
    scornfully he claps his hands among us
    and multiplies his words against God.”


  1. Job 34:14 Or Spirit
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