Job 34 (asv)
34:2Hear my words, ye wise men;
And give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
34:3For the ear trieth words,
As the palate tasteth food.
34:4Let us choose for us that which is right:
Let us know among ourselves what is good.
My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.
Who drinketh up scoffing like water,
34:8Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity,
And walketh with wicked men?
34:9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing
That he should delight himself with God.
Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness,
And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
And cause every man to find according to his ways.
34:12Yea, of a surety, God will not do wickedly,
34:13Who gave him a charge over the earth?
Or who hath disposed the whole world?
34:14If he set his heart upon himself,
34:15All flesh shall perish together,
34:16If now thou hast understanding, hear this:
Hearken to the voice of my words.
34:17Shall even one that hateth justice govern?
And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous and mighty?-
34:18Him that saith to a king, Thou art vile,
Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;
34:19That respecteth not the persons of princes,
Nor regardeth the rich more than the poor;
For they all are the work of his hands.
34:20In a moment they die, even at midnight;
The people are shaken and pass away,
And the mighty are taken away without hand. \\ \\
34:21For his eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And he seeth all his goings.
34:22There is no darkness, nor thick gloom,
Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
34:23For he needeth not further to consider a man,
34:24He breaketh in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out,
And setteth others in their stead.
34:25Therefore he taketh knowledge of their works;
And he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
34:26He striketh them as wicked men
In the open sight of others;
34:27Because they turned aside from following him,
And would not have regard in any of his ways:
34:28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come unto him,
And he heard the cry of the afflicted.
34:29When he giveth quietness, who then can condemn?
And when he hideth his face, who then can behold him?
34:30That the godless man reign not,
That there be none to ensnare the people. \\ \\
34:31For hath any said unto God,
I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
34:32That which I see not teach thou me:
If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more?
34:33Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it?
For thou must choose, and not I:
Therefore speak what thou knowest.
Yea, every wise man that heareth me:
And his words are without wisdom.
34:36Would that Job were tried unto the end,
Because of his answering like wicked men.
He clappeth his hands among us,
And multiplieth his words against God.