Elihu Asserts God's Justice

Job 34

1 Elihu further answered and said:

2 "Hear my words, you wise men;
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3 a For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
4 Let us choose justice for ourselves;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 "For Job has said, b 'I am righteous,
But c God has taken away my justice;
6 d Should I lie concerning my right?
My 1 wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
7 What man is like Job,
e Who drinks 2 scorn like water,
8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walks with wicked men?
9 For f he has said, 'It profits a man nothing
That he should delight in God.'

10 "Therefore listen to me, you 3 men of understanding:
g Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.
11 h For He repays man according to his work,
And makes man to find a reward according to his way.
12 Surely God will never do wickedly,
Nor will the Almighty i pervert justice.
13 Who gave Him charge over the earth?
Or who appointed Him over the whole world?
14 If He should set His heart on it,
If He should j gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
15 k All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.

16 "If you have understanding, hear this;
Listen to the sound of my words:
17 l Should one who hates justice govern?
Will you m condemn Him who is most just?
18 n Is it fitting to say to a king, 'You are worthless,'
And to nobles, 'You are wicked'?
19 Yet He o is not partial to princes,
Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor;
For p they are all the work of His hands.
20 In a moment they die, q in the middle of the night;
The people are shaken and pass away;
The mighty are taken away without a hand.

21 "For r His eyes are on the ways of man,
And He sees all his steps.
22 s There is no darkness nor shadow of death
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For He need not further consider a man,
That he should go before God in judgment.
24 t He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry,
And sets others in their place.
25 Therefore He knows their works;
He overthrows them in the night,
And they are crushed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men
In the open sight of others,
27 Because they u turned back from Him,
And v would not consider any of His ways,
28 So that they w caused the cry of the poor to come to Him;
For He x hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?
And when He hides His face, who then can see Him,
Whether it is against a nation or a man alone? -
30 That the hypocrite should not reign,
Lest the people be ensnared.

31 "For has anyone said to God,
'I have borne chastening;
I will offend no more;
32 Teach me what I do not see;
If I have done iniquity, I will do no more'?
33 Should He repay it according to your terms,
Just because you disavow it?
You must choose, and not I;
Therefore speak what you know.
34 "Men of understanding say to me,
Wise men who listen to me:
35 'Job y speaks without knowledge,
His words are without wisdom.'
36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost,
Because his answers are like those of wicked men!
37 For he adds z rebellion to his sin;
He claps his hands among us,
And multiplies his words against God."

  1. Cross References
    Job 6:30
    Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern the unsavory?
    Job 12:11
    Does not the ear test words And the mouth taste its food?
  2. Cross References
    Job 13:18
    See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated.
    Job 33:9
    I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.
  3. Cross References
    Job 27:2
    As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.
  4. Cross References
    Job 6:4
    For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; My spirit drinks in their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
    Job 9:17
    For He crushes me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds without cause.
  5. Cross References
    Job 15:16
    How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!
  6. Cross References
    Malachi 3:14
    You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts?
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 18:25
    "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this,...
    Deuteronomy 32:4
    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all Hi...
    2 Chronicles 19:7
    "Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upo...
    Job 8:3
    Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty...
    Job 36:23
    Who has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, ...
    Psalms 92:15
    To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my r...
    Romans 9:14
    What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousnes...
  8. Cross References
    Job 34:25
    Therefore He knows their works; He overthrows t...
    Psalms 62:12
    Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You ren...
    Proverbs 24:12
    If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does...
    Jeremiah 32:19
    You are great in counsel and mighty in work, fo...
    Ezekiel 33:20
    "Yet you say, 'The way of the LORD is not fair....
    Matthew 16:27
    For the Son of Man will come in the glory of Hi...
    Romans 2:6
    Who "will render to each one according to his d...
    2 Corinthians 5:10
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat...
    Revelation 22:12
    And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward ...
  9. Cross References
    Job 8:3
    Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
  10. Cross References
    Job 12:10
    In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
    Psalms 104:29
    You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
    Ecclesiastes 12:7
    Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 3:19
    In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.
    Job 10:9
    Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again?
    Ecclesiastes 12:7
    Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
  12. Cross References
    2 Samuel 23:3
    The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
    Job 34:30
    That the hypocrite should not reign, Lest the people be ensnared.
  13. Cross References
    Job 40:8
    Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 22:28
    You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:17
    For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
    Acts 10:34
    Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
    Romans 2:11
    For there is no partiality with God.
    Romans 2:12
    For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law
  16. Cross References
    Job 31:15
    Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 12:29
    And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock.
    Job 34:25
    Therefore He knows their works; He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
    Job 36:20
    Do not desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.
  18. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 16:9
    "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throug...
    Job 31:4
    Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
    Psalms 34:15
    The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And ...
    Proverbs 5:21
    For the ways of man are before the eyes of the ...
    Proverbs 15:3
    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keepin...
    Jeremiah 16:17
    For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not...
    Jeremiah 32:19
    You are great in counsel and mighty in work, fo...
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 139:11
    If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me.
    Psalms 139:12
    Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
    Amos 9:2
    Though they dig into hell, From there My hand shall take them; Though they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down.
    Amos 9:3
    And though they hide themselves on top of Carmel, From there I will search and take them; Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea, From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them.
  20. Cross References
    Job 12:19
    He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.
    Daniel 2:21
    And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
  21. Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:11
    I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments." And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 28:5
    Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, Nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them And not build them up.
    Isaiah 5:12
    The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the LORD, Nor consider the operation of His hands.
  23. Cross References
    Job 35:9
    Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
    James 5:4
    Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 22:23
    If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry.
    Job 22:27
    You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.
  25. Cross References
    Job 35:16
    Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge.
    Job 38:2
    Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
  26. Cross References
    Job 7:11
    Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
    Job 10:1
    My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
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