Skip to content

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible | The Bible in Living English

Job 34:1-37

34  And Elihu answered 2  “Wise men, hear my words; give ear to me, men of knowledge; 3  For ears test words and a palate tastes food. 4  Let us pick out rights and come to an understanding of what is good, 5  Because Job says ‘I am virtuous but Deity has taken away my rights; 6**  Against my rights I am to be lying and I have a festering arrow in me without a crime.’ 7  Who is such a man as Job, who drinks scurrility like water 8*  And takes the route to fellowship with villains and to company with criminals? 9  Because he says ‘It is of no advantage to a man to be on good terms with God.’ 10  So, men of sense, hear me: away with the thought of wrong-doing on Deity’s part, foul play on Shaddai’s, 11  For he will pay man back appropriately to what he does, and give each one the experiences proper to the path he takes. 12  In real truth Deity does not do wrong nor Shaddai play tricks with justice. 13*  Who put him in charge of earth? and who established the whole universe? 14*  If he should draw his spirit back to himself and take up to himself his breath, 15  All creatures of flesh would expire together and man would go back to clay. 16*  And if you are in your senses, listen to me; give ear to the point I make. 17  Is it even to be that one who hates justice holds sway or a great right-doer does wrong? 18  He who says ‘reprobate’ to a king and ‘iniquitous’ to noblemen, 19  Who does not defer to generals nor recognize a prominent man before a poor man, because they are all the work of his hands? 20**  They die in a moment, at midnight; he touches prominent men and they pass by, and removes a formidable fighter without turning a hand. 21  For his eyes are on a man’s courses and he sees all his steps; 22  There is no darkness, no gloom, that villains may be veiled in. 23*  For a man does not have a date set him to go to Deity for a trial; 24  He breaks great men without an investigation and sets up others in their place. 25  So he is aware of their works, and overthrows in the night and they are beaten down. 26*  For wrong-doers he cuffs them in a place with spectators, 27  Seeing that they had turned off from following him and not been regardful of any of his courses, 28  Bringing in before him a poor man’s outcry and letting him hear the outcry of downtrodden men. 29*  But if he is quiet who is to condemn? or if he veils his face who is to behold him? be it over a nation or over a man alike, 30*  That an ungodly man may not be king, a people’s trap. 31***  For does he say to Deity ‘I bear; I will not do harmful things; 32  What I do not see, teach me yourself; if I have done amiss I will not keep on’? 33  Was he to make requital on the basis of your ideas, that you are vetoing? For you are to choose, not I; what you know, speak out! 34  Men of brains will say to me, and a wise man who hears me, 35*  Job speaks not by knowledge and his words do not run by common sense. 36*  Let Job be kept under test permanently for answers that put him among villains! 37*  For he adds rebelliousness to his sin, slaps his hands between us and talks volubly to the Deity.”


34:6 Conj. Against my rights I am in pain
34:6 Lit. my arrow is festering
34:8 Lit. and to walk with
34:13 Conj. Who ordained welkin and earth
34:14 Codd. draw his attention back to himself (var. fix his attention on himself) and take up to himself his spirit and his breath
34:16 Lit. to the sound of the point I make
34:20 Codd.* a people reel and pass by
34:20 Codd. and they remove
34:23 Codd. For he takes no further notice of a man to go to
34:26 (first part) Susp.; unc.
34:29-33 Susp.; unc.
34:30 Var.* Letting an ungodly man be king
34:31 Or does one say
34:31 Or have borne
34:31 Or am not doing Or was not doing
34:35 Lit. his words are not by
34:36 Lit. for answers among
34:37 Or he adds sin to sin