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34 And E·liʹhu continued to answer and say: 2 “Listen, YOU wise ones, to my words; And YOU who know, give ear to me. 3 For the ear itself makes a test of words,+ Just as the palate tastes when eating.+ 4 Judgment let us choose for ourselves; Let us know among ourselves what is good. 5 For Job has said, ‘I certainly am in the right,+ But God* himself has turned aside the judgment of me.+ 6 Against my own judgment do I tell lies? My severe wound is incurable though there is no transgression.’+ 7 What able-bodied man* is like Job,+ [Who] drinks up derision like water?+ 8 And he is certainly on his way to companionship with practicers of what is hurtful And to walking with men of wickedness.+ 9 For he has said, ‘An able-bodied man does not profit+ By his taking pleasure in God.’* 10 Therefore, YOU men of heart,+ listen to me. Far be it from the [true] God* to act wickedly,+ And the Almighty to act unjustly!+ 11 For [according to] the way earthling man* acts he will reward+ him, And according to the path of man* he will cause it to come upon him. 12 Yes, for a fact, God* himself does not act wickedly,+ And the Almighty himself does not pervert judgment.+ 13 Who has assigned to him the earth, And who has appointed [to him] the productive land,* even all of it? 14 If he sets his heart upon anyone, [If] that one’s spirit and breath he gathers to himself,+ 15 All flesh will expire together, And earthling man* himself will return to the very dust.+ 16 So if [you have] understanding, do listen to this; Do give ear to the sound of my words. 17 Really will anyone hating justice control,+ And if a powerful one is righteous will you pronounce [him] wicked?+ 18 Shall one say* to a king, ‘You are good for nothing’?* To nobles, ‘You are wicked’?+ 19 [There is One] who has not shown partiality to princes And has not given more consideration to the noble+ one than to the lowly one, For all of them are the work of his hands.+ 20 In a moment they die,+ even in the middle of the night;+ The people shake back and forth and pass away, And powerful ones depart by no hand.+ 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man,*+ And all his steps he sees. 22 There is no darkness nor any deep shadow For those practicing what is hurtful to conceal themselves there.+ 23 For he sets no appointed time for any man To go to God* in judgment. 24 He breaks powerful ones+ without any investigation, And he makes others stand up instead of them.+ 25 Therefore he recognizes what their works are,+ And he does overthrow [them] at night, and they get crushed.+ 26 As wicked ones he does slap them In the place of onlookers;+ 27 For the reason that they have turned aside from following him,+ And none of his ways have they considered,+ 28 So as to cause the outcry of the lowly one to come to him; And so he hears the outcry of the afflicted ones.+ 29 When he himself causes quietness, who, then, can condemn? And when he conceals [his] face,+ who can behold him, Whether it is toward a nation+ or toward a man,* it being the same thing? 30 So that an apostate man may not reign,+ Nor there be snares+ of the people. 31 For will anyone actually say to God himself, ‘I have borne, although I do not act corruptly;+ 32 Although I behold nothing, instruct me yourself; If any unrighteousness I have committed, I shall not do [it] again’?+ 33 Will he make good for it from your standpoint because you do refuse [judgment], Because you yourself choose, and not I? Even what you well know, speak. 34 Men of heart+ themselves will say to me— Even a wise able-bodied man that is listening to me, 35 ‘Job himself speaks without knowledge,+ And his words are without [his] having insight.’ 36 My father, let Job be tested* out to the limit Over his replies among men of hurtfulness.+ 37 For on top of his sin he adds revolt;+ Among us he claps [his hands] and multiplies his sayings against the [true] God!”*+
^ “But God.” Heb., weʼElʹ.
^ “Able-bodied man.” Heb., gheʹver.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ; LXX, “Jehovah.”
^ “From the [true] God.” Heb., la·ʼElʹ; LXX, “Jehovah.” See App 1G.
^ “Earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ “Man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl; LXX, “Jehovah.”
^ “Productive land.” Heb., te·velʹ; Lat., orʹbem, “circle,” that is, of the earth.
^ “And earthling man.” Heb., weʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Lit., “Shall there be a saying.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive construct, indefinite as to time and impersonal.
^ Lit., “king, ‘Belial!’?”
^ Or, “each one.” Heb., ʼish, as in vs 23.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ Or, “an earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Or, “O that Job may be tested.”
^ “Against the [true] God.” Heb., la·ʼElʹ. See App 1G.