1 Moreouer Elihu answered, and saide,
2 Hear my words, O yeWhich are esteemed wise by the world.wise [men]; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
3 For the eare tryeth the words, as the mouth tasteth meate.
4 Let us choose to usLet us examine the matter uprightly.judgment: let us know among ourselves what [is] good.
5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath takenThat is, has afflicted me without measure.away my judgment.
6 Should I lie against myShould I say, I am wicked, being an innocent?right? my wound [is]I am more punished, than my sin deserves.incurable without transgression.
7 What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh upWhich is compelled to receive your reproach and scorns of many for his foolish words.scorning like water?
8 Which goeth inMeaning that Job was like the wicked, because he seemed not to glorify God and submit himself to his judgments.company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
9 For he hath said,He wrests Job's words who said that God's children are often punished in this world, and the wicked go free.It profiteth a man nothing that he shouldThat is, live godly, (Gen_5:22).delight himself with God.
10 Therefore hearken vnto me, ye men of wisedome, God forbid that wickednesse should be in God, and iniquitie in the Almightie.
11 For he will render vnto man according to his worke, and cause euery one to finde according to his way.
12 And certainely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almightie peruert iudgement.
13 Whome hath he appointed ouer the earth beside him selfe? or who hath placed the whole worlde?
14 IfTo destroy him.he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spiritThe breath of life which he gave man.and his breath;
15 All flesh shal perish together, and man shal returne vnto dust.
16 And if thou hast vnderstanding, heare this and hearken to the voyce of my wordes.
17 Shall even he that hateth rightIf God were not just, how could be govern the world?govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
18 [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art]If man by nature fears to speak evil of such as have power, then they should be much more afraid to speak evil of God.wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly?
19 How much lesse to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, & regardeth not the rich, more then the poore? for they be all the worke of his handes.
20 In a moment shall they die,When they look not for it.and the people shall be troubled at midnight,The messengers of visitation that God will send.and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes are vpon the wayes of man, and he seeth all his goings.
22 There is no darkenesse nor shadowe of death, that the workers of iniquitie might be hid therein.
23 For he will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he shouldGod does not afflict man above measure so that he should have opportunity to contend with him.enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men withoutFor all his creatures are at hand to serve him, so that he needs not to seek for any other army.number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knoweth theirMake it known that they are wicked.works, and he overturneth [them] in theDeclare the things that were hid.night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight ofMeaning, openly in the sight of all men.others;
27 Because they haue turned backe from him, and would not consider all his wayes:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor toBy their cruelty and extortion.come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29 And when he giueth quietnesse, who can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who can beholde him, whether it be vpon nations, or vpon a man onely?
30 That theWhen tyrants sit in the throne of justice which under pretence of executing justice are hypocrites and oppress the people, it is a sign that God has drawn back his countenance of favour from that place.hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meetIt only belongs to God to moderate his corrections, and not to man.to be said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]:
32 Thus Elihu speaks in the person of God, as it were mocking Job, because he would be wiser than God.[That which] I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 [Should it be] according toWill God use your counsel in doing his works?thy mind? he will recompenseThus he speaks in the person of God, as though Job should chose and refuse affliction at his pleasure.it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34 Let men of vnderstanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken vnto me.
35 Iob hath not spoken of knowledge, neyther were his wordes according to wisedome.
36 My desire [is that] Job may beThat he may speak as much as he can, that we may answer him and all the wicked that will use such arguments.tried unto the end because of [his] answers for wicked men.
37 For heHe stands stubbornly to the maintenance of his cause.addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth his words against God.