34 So E·liʹhu continued to say in reply:
2 “Listen to my words, you who are wise;
Hear me, you who know so much.
4 Let us evaluate for ourselves what is right;
Let us decide among ourselves what is good.
6 Would I lie about what my own judgment should be?
My wound is incurable, though there is no transgression.’+
7 What other man is like Job,
Who drinks up derision like water?
And bring upon him the consequences of his ways.
If he gathers their spirit and breath to himself,+
And mankind would return to the dust.+
16 So if you have understanding, pay attention to this;
Listen carefully to what I say.
17 Should someone who hates justice be in control,
Or would you condemn a powerful one who is righteous?
18 Would you say to a king, ‘You are good for nothing,’
Or to nobles, ‘You are wicked’?+
19 There is One who does not show partiality to princes
For they are all the work of his hands.+
They shake violently and pass away;
Even the powerful are removed, but not by human hands.+
23 For God has not set an appointed time for any man
To appear before him in judgment.
26 He strikes them for their wickedness,
In a place where all can see,+
And have no regard for any of his ways;+
28 They cause the poor to cry out to him,
So that he hears the outcry of the helpless.+
29 When God remains silent, who can condemn him?
When he hides his face, who can see him?
Whether toward a nation or a man, the result is the same,
Or lay snares for the people.
31 For will anyone say to God,
‘I have been punished, although I have committed no offense;+
32 Teach me what I have failed to see;
If I have done anything wrong, I will not do it again’?
33 Should he reward you on your terms when you reject his judgment?
You must decide, not I.
So tell me what you know so well.
—Any wise man who hears me—
And his words lack insight.’