1 Furthermore Elihu
answered and said,
2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that
3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves
what is good.
5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without
7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?
8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh
with wicked men.
9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should
delight himself with God.
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.
11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause
every man to find according to his ways.
12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty
13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed
the whole world?
14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his
spirit and his breath;
15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again
16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the
voice of my words.
17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn
him that is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes,
Ye are ungodly?
19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes,
nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are
the work of his hands.
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled
at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away
21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers
of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should
enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set
others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them
in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider
any of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him,
and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and
when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it
be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement,
I will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity,
I will do no more.
33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it,
whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore
speak what thou knowest.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken
35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without
36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of
his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands
among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
1 Elihu spake moreover,
2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness
is more than God's?
3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and,
What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
4 I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which
are higher than thou.
6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions
be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth
he of thine hand?
8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness
may profit the son of man.
9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed
to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh
us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride
of evil men.
13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty
14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment
is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger;
yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth
words without knowledge.
1 Elihu also proceeded,
2 Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to
speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect
in knowledge is with thee.
5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty
in strength and wisdom.
6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right
to the poor.
7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings
are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever,
and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of
9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions
that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that
they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in
prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and
they shall die without knowledge.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when
he bindeth them.
14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their
ears in oppression.
16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into
a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which
should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment
and justice take hold on thee.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with
his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces
20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen
rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the
number of his years be searched out.
27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain
according to the vapour thereof:
28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or
the noise of his tabernacle?
30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the
bottom of the sea.
31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not
to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also
concerning the vapour.