Job 34 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 34


Job 34:1

Moreover Elihu answered and said,

Job 34:2

Hear my words, ye wise men; And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

Job 34:3

For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

Job 34:4

Let us choose for us that which is right: Let us know among ourselves what is good.

Job 34:5

For Job hath said, I am righteous, And God hath taken away my right:

Job 34:6

Notwithstanding my right I am [accounted] a liar; My wound is incurable, [though I am] without transgression.

Job 34:7

What man is like Job, Who drinketh up scoffing like water,

Job 34:8

Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, And walketh with wicked men?

Job 34:9

For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.

Job 34:10

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.

Job 34:11

For the work of a man will he render unto him, And cause every man to find according to his ways.

Job 34:12

Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.

Job 34:13

Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world?

Job 34:14

If he set his heart upon himself, [If] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

Job 34:15

All flesh shall perish together, And man shall turn again unto dust.

Job 34:16

If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: Hearken to the voice of my words.

Job 34:17

Shall even one that hateth justice govern? And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous [and] mighty?–

Job 34:18

[Him] that saith to a king, [Thou art] vile, [Or] to nobles, [Ye are] wicked;

Job 34:19

That respecteth not the persons of princes, Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands.

Job 34:20

In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without hand.

Job 34:21

For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, And he seeth all his goings.

Job 34:22

There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Job 34:23

For he needeth not further to consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.

Job 34:24

He breaketh in pieces mighty men [in ways] past finding out, And setteth others in their stead.

Job 34:25

Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works; And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

Job 34:26

He striketh them as wicked men In the open sight of others;

Job 34:27

Because they turned aside from following him, And would not have regard in any of his ways:

Job 34:28

So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him, And he heard the cry of the afflicted.

Job 34:29

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:

Job 34:30

That the godless man reign not, That there be none to ensnare the people.

Job 34:31

For hath any said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]:

Job 34:32

That which I see not teach thou me: If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?

Job 34:33

Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? For thou must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what thou knowest.

Job 34:34

Men of understanding will say unto me, Yea, every wise man that heareth me:

Job 34:35

Job speaketh without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.

Job 34:36

Would that Job were tried unto the end, Because of his answering like wicked men.

Job 34:37

For he addeth rebellion unto his sin; He clappeth his hands among us, And multiplieth his words against God.

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