The Book of Job

Chapter 34

American Standard Version

Jb 34:1Moreover Elihu answered and said,
Jb 34:2Hear my words, ye wise men; And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
Jb 34:3For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.
Jb 34:4Let us choose for us that which is right: Let us know among ourselves what is good.
Jb 34:5For Job hath said, I am righteous, And God hath taken away my right:
Jb 34:6Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar; My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.
Jb 34:7What man is like Job, Who drinketh up scoffing like water,
Jb 34:8Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, And walketh with wicked men?
Jb 34:9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.
Jb 34:10Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
Jb 34:11For the work of a man will he render unto him, And cause every man to find according to his ways.
Jb 34:12Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Jb 34:13Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world?
Jb 34:14If he set his heart upon himself, If he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
Jb 34:15All flesh shall perish together, And man shall turn again unto dust.
Jb 34:16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: Hearken to the voice of my words.
Jb 34:17Shall even one that hateth justice govern? And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?-
Jb 34:18Him that saith to a king, Thou art vile, Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;
Jb 34:19That respecteth not the persons of princes, Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands.
Jb 34:20In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without hand.
Jb 34:21For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, And he seeth all his goings.
Jb 34:22There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
Jb 34:23For he needeth not further to consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.
Jb 34:24He breaketh in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, And setteth others in their stead.
Jb 34:25Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Jb 34:26He striketh them as wicked men In the open sight of others;
Jb 34:27Because they turned aside from following him, And would not have regard in any of his ways:
Jb 34:28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, And he heard the cry of the afflicted.
Jb 34:29When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn? And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? Alike whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man:
Jb 34:30That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.
Jb 34:31For hath any said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
Jb 34:32That which I see not teach thou me: If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?
Jb 34:33Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? For thou must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what thou knowest.
Jb 34:34Men of understanding will say unto me, Yea, every wise man that heareth me:
Jb 34:35Job speaketh without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.
Jb 34:36Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men.
Jb 34:37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin; He clappeth his hands among us, And multiplieth his words against God.