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1Then Elihu responded and said,
2“Hear my words, you wise men; give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food.
4Let us choose what is right for us; let us know among us what is good.
5For Iyoḇ has said, ‘I am righteous, but Ěl has taken away my right.
6Would I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable – without transgression.’
7What man is like Iyoḇ, who drinks mocking like water,
8who goes in company with the workers of wickedness, and walks with men of wrongness?
9For he has said, ‘It does not profit a man that he takes delight in Elohim.’
10Therefore, listen to me, you men of heart: far be it from Ěl to do wrong, and from the Almighty to commit unrighteousness.
11For He repays man’s work to him, and makes man to find a reward according to his path.
12The truth is, Ěl does not do wrong, and the Almighty does not twist right-ruling.
13Who has assigned to Him the earth? And who has laid out all the world?
14If He sets His heart on him, should He gather to Himself his spirit and his breath,
15all flesh would expire together and man return to dust.
16If you have understanding, hear this! Give ear to the sound of my words:
17Should the one who hates right-ruling govern? Or would you declare a most righteous one wrong?
18Who shall say to a sovereign: ‘Beliya‛al,’ to nobles: ‘Wrong one’? –
19who is not partial to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor? For they are all the work of His hands.
20In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and pass away; and the mighty are taken away without a hand.
21For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps.
22There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of wickedness hide themselves.
23For He sets a man no stated time to appear before Ěl in right-ruling.
24He breaks in pieces the mighty, without inquiry, and puts others in their place.
25Truly, He knows their works, and He shall overthrow in the night, and they are crushed.
26As wrong ones He slaps them in the presence of onlookers,
27because they turned from following Him, and they regarded not all His ways,
28so as to cause the cry of the poor to come to Him; for He hears the cry of the afflicted.
29And when He is silent, who would then condemn? And when He hides His face, who then sees Him, whether it is against a nation or a man alone?
30So that a defiled one should not reign, lest the people be ensnared.
31For has anyone said to Ěl, ‘I have taken away, I do not act corruptly.
32Teach me what I do not see. If I have done unrighteousness, I shall not do so again’?
33Should He repay you because you have refused? For you choose, and not I, therefore speak what you know.
34Let men of heart say to me, and a wise man who listens to me:
35Iyoḇ does not speak with knowledge, and his words are without wisdom.’
36Would that Iyoḇ be tried to the end, since his answers are like those of wicked men!
37For he adds rebellion to his sin – he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against Ěl.”