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