And Elihu answereth and saith:
Hear, O wise men, my words, And, O knowing ones, give ear to
For the ear doth try words, And the palate tasteth to eat.
Judgment let us choose for ourselves, Let us know among
ourselves what is good.
For Job hath said, 'I have been righteous, And God hath
turned aside my right,
Against my right do I lie? Mortal is mine arrow --
Who is a man like Job? He drinketh scoffing like
And he hath travelled for company With workers of iniquity,
So as to go with men of wickedness.
For he hath said, 'It doth not profit a man, When he
delighteth himself with God.'
Therefore, O men of heart, hearken to me; Far be it from God
to do wickedness, And from the Mighty to do perverseness:
For the work of man he repayeth to him, And according to the
path of each He doth cause him to find.
Yea, truly, God doth not do wickedly, And the Mighty doth
not pervert judgment.
Who hath inspected for Himself the earth? And who hath
placed all the habitable world?
If He doth set on him His heart, His spirit and his breath
unto Him He gathereth.
Expire doth all flesh together, And man to dust returneth.
And if there is understanding, hear this, Give ear to
the voice of my words.
Yea, doth one hating justice govern? Or the Most Just dost
Who hath said to a king -- 'Worthless,' Unto princes -- 'Wicked?'
That hath not accepted the person of princes, Nor hath known
the rich before the poor, For a work of His hands are all of them.
In a moment they die, and at midnight Shake do
people, and they pass away, And they remove the mighty without hand.
For His eyes are on the ways of each, And all his
steps He doth see.
There is no darkness nor death-shade, For workers of
iniquity to be hidden there;
For He doth not suffer man any more, To go unto God in
He breaketh the mighty -- no searching! And He appointeth
others in their stead.
Therefore He knoweth their works, And He hath overturned by
night, And they are bruised.
As wicked He hath stricken them, In the place of beholders.
Because that against right They have turned aside from after
Him, And none of His ways have considered wisely,
To cause to come in unto Him The cry of the poor, And the
cry of the afflicted He heareth.
And He giveth rest, and who maketh wrong? And hideth the
face, and who beholdeth it? And in reference to a nation and to a man, It is
From the reigning of a profane man, From the snares of a
For unto God hath any said: 'I have taken away, I do not
Besides that which I see, shew Thou me, If iniquity I
have done -- I do not add?'
By thee doth He recompense, That thou hast refused -- That
thou dost choose, and not I? And what thou hast known, speak.
Let men of heart say to me, And a wise man is hearkening to
Job -- not with knowledge doth he speak, And his words are
not with wisdom.
My Father! let Job be tried -- unto victory, Because of
answers for men of iniquity,
For he doth add to his sin, Transgression among us he
vomiteth, And multiplieth his sayings to God.