Then Elihu answered and 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 know among ourselves what is good.
For Job has said, ‘I am in the right, 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 travels in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men?
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?
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,’
For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should 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 a place for all to see,
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 anyone said to God, ‘I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more;
Will he then make repayment 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 his sin; he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.”