- And Elihu made answer and said,
- Give ear, you wise, to my words;
and you who have knowledge, give attention to me;
- For words are tested by the ear, as food is tasted by the mouth.
- Let us make the decision for ourselves as to what is right;
let us have the knowledge among ourselves of what is good.
- For Job has said, I am upright, and it is God who has taken away my right;
- Though I am right, still I am in pain;
my wound may not be made well, though I have done no wrong.
- What man is like Job, a man who freely makes sport of God,
- And goes in the company of evil-doers, walking in the way of sinners?
- For he has said, It is no profit to a man to take delight in God.
- Now then, you wise, take note;
you men of knowledge, give ear to me.
Let it be far from God to do evil, and from the Ruler of all to do wrong.
- For he gives to every man the reward of his work, and sees that he gets the fruit of his ways.
- Truly, God does not do evil, and the Ruler of all is not a false judge.
- Who put the earth into his care, or made him responsible for the world?
- If he made his spirit come back to him, taking his breath into himself again,
- All flesh would come to an end together, and man would go back to the dust.
- If you are wise, take note of this;
give ear to the voice of my words.
- How may a hater of right be a ruler?
and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil?
- He who says to a king, You are an evil-doer;
and to rulers, You are sinners;
- Who has no respect for rulers, and who gives no more attention to those who have wealth than to the poor, for they are all the work of his hands.
- Suddenly they come to an end, even in the middle of the night: the blow comes on the men of wealth, and they are gone, and the strong are taken away without the hand of man.
- For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps.
- There is no dark place, and no thick cloud, in which the workers of evil may take cover.
- For he does not give man a fixed time to come before him to be judged.
- He sends the strong to destruction without searching out their cause, and puts others in their place.
- For he has knowledge of their works, overturning them in the night, so that they are crushed.
- The evil-doers are broken by his wrath, he puts his hand on them with force before the eyes of all onlookers.
- Because they did not go after him, and took no note of his ways,
- So that the cry of the poor might come up to him, and the prayer of those in need come to his ears.
- Men of knowledge, and all wise men, hearing me, will say,
- Job's words do not come from knowledge;
they are not the fruit of wisdom.
- May Job be tested to the end, because his answers have been like those of evil men.
- For in addition to his sin, he is uncontrolled in heart;
before our eyes he makes sport of God, increasing his words against him.