34 And E·liʹhu continued to answer and say:
2 “Listen, YOU wise ones, to my words;
And YOU who know, give ear to me.
4 Judgment let us choose for ourselves;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job has said, ‘I certainly am in the right,+
6 Against my own judgment do I tell lies?
My severe wound is incurable though there is no transgression.’+
8 And he is certainly on his way to companionship with practicers of what is hurtful
And to walking with men of wickedness.+
10 Therefore, YOU men of heart,+ listen to me.
Far be it from the [true] God* to act wickedly,+
And the Almighty to act unjustly!+
11 For [according to] the way earthling man* acts he will reward+ him,
And according to the path of man* he will cause it to come upon him.
12 Yes, for a fact, God* himself does not act wickedly,+
And the Almighty himself does not pervert judgment.+
13 Who has assigned to him the earth,
And who has appointed [to him] the productive land,* even all of it?
14 If he sets his heart upon anyone,
[If] that one’s spirit and breath he gathers to himself,+
15 All flesh will expire together,
16 So if [you have] understanding, do listen to this;
Do give ear to the sound of my words.
17 Really will anyone hating justice control,+
And if a powerful one is righteous will you pronounce [him] wicked?+
19 [There is One] who has not shown partiality to princes
And has not given more consideration to the noble+ one than to the lowly one,
For all of them are the work of his hands.+
20 In a moment they die,+ even in the middle of the night;+
The people shake back and forth and pass away,
And powerful ones depart by no hand.+
22 There is no darkness nor any deep shadow
For those practicing what is hurtful to conceal themselves there.+
24 He breaks powerful ones+ without any investigation,
And he makes others stand up instead of them.+
25 Therefore he recognizes what their works are,+
And he does overthrow [them] at night, and they get crushed.+
26 As wicked ones he does slap them
In the place of onlookers;+
27 For the reason that they have turned aside from following him,+
And none of his ways have they considered,+
28 So as to cause the outcry of the lowly one to come to him;
And so he hears the outcry of the afflicted ones.+
29 When he himself causes quietness, who, then, can condemn?
And when he conceals [his] face,+ who can behold him,
Whether it is toward a nation+ or toward a man,* it being the same thing?
31 For will anyone actually say to God himself,
‘I have borne, although I do not act corruptly;+
32 Although I behold nothing, instruct me yourself;
If any unrighteousness I have committed,
I shall not do [it] again’?+
33 Will he make good for it from your standpoint because you do refuse [judgment],
Because you yourself choose, and not I?
Even what you well know, speak.
34 Men of heart+ themselves will say to me—
Even a wise able-bodied man that is listening to me,
35 ‘Job himself speaks without knowledge,+
And his words are without [his] having insight.’