1 Furthermore Elihu addressed and said,
Q4 T g 2-4. Appeal to his hearers. h 5,6. Job's error. [5, Himself. 5,6, God.] i 7-9. His reproof. U j 10-. Call for attention. k -10-15. Vindication of God. U j 16. Call for attention. k 17-33-. Vindication of God. T g -33,34. Appeal to his hearers. h 35. Job's error. i 36,37. His reproof.
2 "Hear my speech, O you wise men; and give ear unto me, you that have knowledge.
3 For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes meat.
4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job has said, 'I am righteous (Cp. 9:21-24; 10:15; 27:6; 13:15,18,23; 16:17; 19:7; 23:7,10-12; 27:3,&c.): and GOD (El) has taken away my judgment.
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.'
7 What strong man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?
8 Which goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men.
9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God (Elohim).'
10 Therefore hearken to me you men of understanding:
far be it from GOD, that He should do wickedness; and from The Almighty (Shaddai), that He should commit iniquity.
11 For the work of a man shall he render to him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
12 Yes, surely GOD will not do wickedly, neither will The Almighty pervert judgment.
13 Who has given Him a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the whole world?
14 If He set His heart upon him, if He gather to Himself his spirit even his breath;
15 All flesh shall expire together, and man shall turn again unto dust. (Cp. Gen. 3:19. Ecc. 12:7.)
16 If now you have understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17 Shall even he that hates right govern? and will you condemn him that is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, 'You are Beliel?' and to nobles, 'You are ungodly?'
19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes (cp. Deut. 10:17. 2 Chron. 19:7. Luke 20:21. Acts 10:34), nor regards the rich more than the poor? (i.e. reduced in circumstances. See Prov. 6:11) for they all are the work of His hands.
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. (Cp. Dan. 2:34,45; 8:25; and see 1 Sam. 26:11. 2 Sam. 24:16.)
21 For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He sees all his goings. 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore He knows their works, and He overturns them in the night, so that they are crushed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from after Him, and would not consider any of His ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when He hides His face, who then can behold Him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the profane man reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is necessary to be said to God, 'I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not You teach me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.'
33 Should it be according to your mind? He will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I:
therefore speak what you know.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man listen to me.
35 Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried to the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against GOD."