Then Elihu continued, saying:
Hear my words, you wise men, and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones.
Doesn't the ear tests words as the palate tastes food?
Let us judge for ourselves what is right; let us decide together what is good.
For Job has declared, "I am righteous, yet God has deprived me of justice.
Would I lie about my case? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression."
What man is like Job? He drinks derision like water.
He keeps company with evildoers and walks with wicked men.
For he has said, "A man gains nothing when he becomes God's friend."
Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God [to do] wrong, and [for] the Almighty [to act] unjustly.
For He repays a person [according to] his deeds, and He bring his ways on him.
Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
Who gave Him authority over the earth? Who put Him in charge of the entire world?
If He put His mind to it and withdrew the spirit and breath He [gave],
every living thing would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.
If you [have] understanding, hear this; listen to what I have to say.
Could one who hates justice govern [the world]? Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One,
who says to a king, "Worthless man!" and to nobles, "Wicked men!"?
God is not partial to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of His hands.
They die suddenly in the middle of the night; people shudder, then pass away. Even the mighty are removed without effort.
For His eyes [watch] over a man's ways, and He observes all his steps.
There is no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves.
God does not [need to] examine a person further, that one should approach Him in court.
He shatters the mighty without an investigation and sets others in their place.
Therefore, He recognizes their deeds and overthrows [them] by night, and they are crushed.
In full view of the public, He strikes them for their wickedness,
because they turned aside from following Him and did not understand any of His ways
but caused the poor to cry out to Him, and He heard the outcry of the afflicted.
But when God is silent, who can declare [Him] guilty? When He hides [His] face, who can see Him? Yet He [watches] over both individuals and nations,
so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people.
Suppose someone says to God, "I have endured [my punishment]; I will no [longer] act wickedly.
Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I won't do it again."
Should God repay [you] on your terms when you have rejected [His]? You must choose, not I! So declare what you know.
Reasonable men will say to me, along with the wise men who hear me,
"Job speaks without knowledge; his words are without insight."
If only Job were tested to the limit, because [his] answers are [like] those of wicked men.
For he adds rebellion to his sin; he [scornfully] claps in our presence, while multiplying his words against God.
Then Elihu continued, saying:
Do you think it is just when you say, "I am righteous before God"?
For you ask, "What does it profit You, and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?"
I will answer you and your friends with you.
Look at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does it affect God? If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give Him, or what does He receive from your hand?
Your wickedness [affects] a person like yourself, and your righteousness [another] human being.
People cry out because of severe oppression; they shout for help from the arm of the mighty.
But no one asks, "Where is God my Maker, who provides [us] with songs in the night,
who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?"
There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Indeed, God does not listen to empty [cries], and the Almighty does not take note of it--
how much less when you complain that you do not see Him, [that your] case is before Him and you are waiting for Him.
But now, because God's anger does not punish and He does not pay attention to transgression,
Job opens his mouth in vain and multiplies words without knowledge.
Then Elihu continued, saying:
Be patient with me a little longer, and I will inform you, for there is still more to be said on God's behalf.
I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For my arguments are without flaw; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.
Yes, God is mighty, but He despises [no one]; He understands all things.
He does not keep the wicked alive, but He gives justice to the afflicted.
He does not remove His gaze from the righteous, but He seats them forever with enthroned kings, and they are exalted.
If people are bound with chains and trapped by the cords of affliction,
God tells them what they have done and how arrogantly they have transgressed.
He opens their ears to correction and insists they repent from iniquity.
If they serve Him obediently, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in happiness.
But if they do not obey, they will cross the river [of death] and die without knowledge.
Those who have a godless heart harbor anger; even when God binds them, they do not cry for help.
They die in their youth; their life [ends] among male cult prostitutes.
God rescues the afflicted by afflicting them; He instructs them by means of their torment.
Indeed, He lured you from the jaws of distress to a spacious and unconfined place. Your table was spread with choice food.
Yet [now] you are obsessed with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have seized you.
Be careful that no one lures you with riches; do not let a large ransom lead you astray.
Can your wealth or all [your] physical exertion keep [you] from distress?
Do not long for the night when nations will disappear from their places.
Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested by affliction.
Look, God shows Himself exalted by His power. Who is a teacher like Him?
Who has appointed His way for Him, and who has declared, "You have done wrong"?
Remember that you should praise His work, which people have sung about.
All mankind has seen it; people have looked at it from a distance.
Look, God is exalted beyond our knowledge; the number of His years cannot be counted.
For He makes waterdrops evaporate; they distill the rain into its mist,
which the clouds pour out and shower abundantly on mankind.
Can anyone understand how the clouds spread out or how the thunder roars from God's pavilion?
Look, He spreads His lightning around Him and covers the depths of the sea.
For He judges the nations with these; He gives food in abundance.
He covers [His] hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.
The thunder declares His presence; the cattle also, the approaching [storm].