- 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 ourselves what is right;
let us know among ourselves what is good!
- For Job hath said, I am righteous, and God hath taken away my judgment:
- Should I lie against my right?
My wound is incurable without transgression.
- What man is like Job?
he drinketh up scorning like water,
- And goeth in company with workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
- For he hath said, It profiteth not a man if he delight himself in God.
- Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be wickedness from God, and wrong from the Almighty!
- For a man's work will he render to him, and cause every one to find according to [his] way.
- Yea, surely, God acteth not wickedly, and the Almighty perverteth not judgment.
- Who hath entrusted to him the earth?
and who hath disposed the whole world?
- If he only thought of himself, [and] gathered unto him his spirit and his breath,
- All flesh would expire together, and man would return to the dust.
- If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: give ear to the voice of my words!
- Should he that hateth right indeed govern?
and wilt thou condemn the All-just?
- Shall one say to a king, Belial?
to nobles, Wicked?
- [How then to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich man more than the poor?
for they are all the work of his hands.
- In a moment they die, even at midnight the people are convulsed and pass away;
and the strong are taken away without hand.
- For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his steps.
- There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
- For he doth not long consider a man, to bring him before God in judgment.
- He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquiry, and setteth others in their stead;
- Since he knoweth their actions;
and he overthroweth [them] in the night, and they are crushed.
- He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others,
- Because they have turned back from him, and would consider none of his ways;
- So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
- When he giveth quietness, who then will disturb?
and when he hideth [his] face, who shall behold him?
and this towards a nation, or towards a man alike;
- That the ungodly man reign not, that the people be not ensnared.
- For hath he said unto God, I bear [chastisement], I will not offend;
- What I see not, teach thou me;
if I have done wrong, I will do so no more?
- Shall he recompense according to thy mind?
for thou hast refused [his judgment];
for thou so choosest, and not I;
speak then what thou knowest.
- Men of understanding will say to me, and a wise man who heareth me:
- Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were not with intelligence.
- Would that Job may be tried unto the end, because of [his] answers after the manner of evil men!
- For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth his words against God.