34 Elihu answered:
2 “Listen to my words, you wise men;
hear 1 me, you learned men. 2
3 For the ear assesses 3 words
as the mouth 4 tastes food.
4 Let us evaluate 5 for ourselves what is right; 6
let us come to know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job says, ‘I am innocent, 7
but God turns away my right.
6 Concerning my right, should I lie? 8
My wound 9 is incurable,
although I am without transgression.’ 10
7 What man is like Job,
who 11 drinks derision 12 like water!
8 He goes about 13 in company 14 with evildoers,
he goes along 15 with wicked men. 16
9 For he says, ‘It does not profit a man
when he makes his delight with God.’ 17
10 “Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. 18
Far be it from 19 God to do wickedness,
from the Almighty to do evil.
11 For he repays a person for his work, 20
and according to the conduct of a person,
he causes the consequences to find him. 21
12 Indeed, in truth, God does not act wickedly,
and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
13 Who entrusted 22 to him the earth?
And who put him over 23 the whole world?
14 If God 24 were to set his heart on it, 25
and gather in his spirit and his breath,
15 all flesh would perish together
and human beings would return to dust.
16 “If you have 26 understanding, listen to this,
hear what I have to say. 27
17 Do you really think 28
that one who hates justice can govern? 29
And will you declare guilty
the supremely righteous 30 One,
18 who says to a king, 31 ‘Worthless man’ 32
and to nobles, ‘Wicked men,’
19 who shows no partiality to princes,
and does not take note of 33 the rich more than the poor,
because all of them are the work of his hands?
20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night, 34
people 35 are shaken 36 and they pass away.
The mighty are removed effortlessly. 37
21 For his eyes are on the ways of an individual,
he observes all a person’s 38 steps.
22 There is no darkness, and no deep darkness,
where evildoers can hide themselves. 39
23 For he does not still consider a person, 40
that he should come before God in judgment.
24 He shatters the great without inquiry, 41
and sets up others in their place.
25 Therefore, he knows their deeds,
he overthrows them 42 in the night 43
and they are crushed.
26 He strikes them for their wickedness, 44
in a place where people can see, 45
27 because they have turned away from following him,
and have not understood 46 any of his ways,
28 so that they caused 47 the cry of the poor
to come before him,
so that he hears 48 the cry of the needy.
29 But if God 49 is quiet, who can condemn 50 him?
If he hides his face, then who can see him?
Yet 51 he is over the individual and the nation alike, 52
30 so that the godless man should not rule,
and not lay snares for the people. 53
31 “Has anyone said to God,
‘I have endured chastisement, 54
but I will not act wrongly any more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see. 55
If I have done evil, I will do so no more.’
33 Is it your opinion 56 that God 57 should recompense it,
because you reject this? 58
But you must choose, and not I,
so tell us what you know.
34 Men of understanding say to me –
any wise man listening to me says –
35 that 59 Job speaks without knowledge
and his words are without understanding. 60
36 But 61 Job will be tested to the end,
because his answers are like those of wicked men.
37 For he adds transgression 62 to his sin;
in our midst he claps his hands, 63
and multiplies his words against God.”
35 Then Elihu answered:
2 “Do you think this to be 1 just:
when 2 you say, ‘My right before God.’ 3
3 But you say, ‘What will it profit you,’ 4
and, ‘What do I gain by not sinning?’ 5
4 I 6 will reply to you, 7
and to your friends with you.
5 Gaze at the heavens and see;
consider the clouds, which are higher than you! 8
6 If you sin, how does it affect God? 9
If your transgressions are many,
what does it do to him? 10
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to God,
or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness affects only 11 a person like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people. 12
9 “People 13 cry out
because of the excess of oppression; 14
they cry out for help
because of the power 15 of the mighty. 16
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God, my Creator,
who gives songs in the night, 17
11 who teaches us 18 more than 19 the wild animals of the earth,
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?’
12 Then 20 they cry out – but he does not answer –
because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13 Surely it is an empty cry 21 – God does not hear it;
the Almighty does not take notice of it.
14 How much less, then,
when you say that you do not perceive him,
that the case is before him
and you are waiting for him! 22
15 And further, 23 when you say
that his anger does not punish, 24
and that he does not know transgression! 25
16 So Job opens his mouth to no purpose; 26
without knowledge he multiplies words.”
36 Elihu said further: 1
2 “Be patient 2 with me a little longer
and I will instruct you,
for I still have words to speak on God’s behalf. 3
3 With my knowledge I will speak comprehensively, 4
and to my Creator I will ascribe righteousness. 5
4 For in truth, my words are not false;
it is one complete 6 in knowledge
who is with you.
5 Indeed, God is mighty; and he does not despise people, 7
he 8 is mighty, and firm 9 in his intent. 10
6 He does not allow the wicked to live, 11
but he gives justice to the poor.
7 He does not take his eyes 12 off the righteous;
but with kings on the throne
he seats the righteous 13 and exalts them forever. 14
8 But if they are bound in chains, 15
and held captive by the cords of affliction,
9 then he reveals 16 to them what they have done, 17
and their transgressions,
that they were behaving proudly.
10 And he reveals 18 this 19 for correction,
and says that they must turn 20 from evil.
11 If they obey and serve him,
they live out their days in prosperity
and their years in pleasantness. 21
12 But if they refuse to listen,
they pass over the river of death, 22
and expire without knowledge.
13 The godless at heart 23 nourish anger, 24
they do not cry out even when he binds them.
14 They die 25 in their youth,
and their life ends among the male cultic prostitutes. 26
15 He delivers the afflicted by 27 their 28 afflictions,
he reveals himself to them 29 by their suffering.
16 And surely, he drew you 30 from the mouth of distress,
to a wide place, unrestricted, 31
and to the comfort 32 of your table
filled with rich food. 33
17 But now you are preoccupied with the judgment due the wicked,
judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Be careful that 34 no one entices you with riches;
do not let a large bribe 35 turn you aside.
19 Would your wealth 36 sustain you,
so that you would not be in distress, 37
even all your mighty efforts? 38
20 Do not long for the cover of night
to drag people away from their homes. 39
21 Take heed, do not turn to evil,
for because of this you have been tested 40 by affliction.
22 Indeed, God is exalted in his power;
who is a teacher 41 like him?
23 Who has prescribed his ways for him?
Or said to him, ‘You have done what is wicked’?
24 Remember to extol 42 his work,
which people have praised in song.
25 All humanity has seen it;
people gaze on it from afar.
26 “Yes, God is great – beyond our knowledge! 43
The number of his years is unsearchable.
27 He draws up drops of water;
they distill 44 the rain into its mist, 45
28 which the clouds pour down
and shower on humankind abundantly.
29 Who can understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion? 46
30 See how he scattered 47 his lightning 48 about him;
he has covered the depths 49 of the sea.
31 It is by these that he judges 50 the nations
and supplies food in abundance.
32 With his hands 51 he covers 52 the lightning,
and directs it against its target. 33 53
His thunder announces the coming storm,
the cattle also, concerning the storm’s approach.