|Then Eli'hu said:|
|"Hear my words, you wise men, |
and give ear to me, you who know;
|for the ear tests words |
as the palate tastes food.
|Let us choose what is right; |
let us determine among ourselves what is good.
|For Job has said, 'I am innocent, |
and God has taken away my right;
|in spite of my right I am counted a liar; |
my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
|What man is like Job, |
who drinks up scoffing like water,
|who goes in company with evildoers |
and walks with wicked men?
|For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing |
that he should take delight in God.'
|"Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding, |
far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
|For according to the work of a man he will requite him, |
and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
|Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, |
and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
|Who gave him charge over the earth |
and who laid on him the whole world?
|If he should take back his spirit to himself, |
and gather to himself his breath,
|all flesh would perish together, |
and man would return to dust.
|"If you have understanding, hear this; |
listen to what I say.
|Shall one who hates justice govern? |
Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty,
|who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' |
and to nobles, 'Wicked man';
|who shows no partiality to princes, |
nor regards the rich more than the poor,
for they are all the work of his hands?
|In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken |
and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.
|"For his eyes are upon the ways of a man, |
and he sees all his steps.
|There is no gloom or deep darkness |
where evildoers may hide themselves.
|For he has not appointed a time |
for any man to go before God in judgment.
|He shatters the mighty without investigation, |
and sets others in their place.
|Thus, knowing their works, |
he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
|He strikes them for their wickedness in the sight of men,|
|because they turned aside from following him, |
and had no regard for any of his ways,
|so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, |
and he heard the cry of the afflicted -
|When he is quiet, who can condemn? |
When he hides his face, who can behold him,
whether it be a nation or a man? -
|that a godless man should not reign, |
that he should not ensnare the people.
|"For has any one said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; |
I will not offend any more;
|teach me what I do not see; |
if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?
|Will he then make requital to suit you, |
because you reject it?
For you must choose, and not I;
therefore declare what you know.
|Men of understanding will say to me, |
and the wise man who hears me will say:
|'Job speaks without knowledge, |
his words are without insight.'
|Would that Job were tried to the end, |
because he answers like wicked men.
|For he adds rebellion to the sin; |
he claps his hands among us,
and multiplies his words against God."
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