Job 34:10
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New International Version
"So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong.

New Living Translation
"Listen to me, you who have understanding. Everyone knows that God doesn't sin! The Almighty can do no wrong.

English Standard Version
“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.

King James Bible
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly.

International Standard Version
"Therefore you men of understanding, listen to me! Far be it for God to practice wickedness, or the Almighty to do what is wrong,

NET Bible
"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, from the Almighty to do evil.

New Heart English Bible
"Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, from Shaddai, that he should commit iniquity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You people who have understanding, listen to me. It is unthinkable that God would ever do evil or that the Almighty would ever do wicked things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness; And from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding.
            Far be it from God to do wickedness,
            And from the Almighty to do wrong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore hearken unto me, you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

American King James Version
Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

American Standard Version
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore, ye men of understanding, hear me : far from god be wickedness, and iniquity from the Almighty.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be wickedness from God, and wrong from the Almighty!

English Revised Version
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore hearken to me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

World English Bible
"Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, O men of heart, hearken to me; Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Mighty to do perverseness:
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
9"For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.' 10"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong. 11"For He pays a man according to his work, And makes him find it according to his way.…
Cross References
Romans 9:14
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Absolutely not!

Genesis 18:25
"Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"

Deuteronomy 32:4
"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

Job 8:3
"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Job 34:12
"Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.

Psalm 92:15
To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

understanding. Heb. heart

Job 34:2,3,34 Hear my words, O you wise men; and give ear to me, you that have knowledge…

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he …

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears …

far

Job 8:3 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 36:23 Who has enjoined him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Psalm 92:15 To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no …

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Romans 3:4,5 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot …

(10) Ye men of understanding.--Elihu now appeals to the men of understanding, by whom he can hardly mean the three friends of whom he has already spoken disparagingly, but seems rather to appeal to an audience, real or imagined, who are to decide on the merits of what he says. This is an incidental indication that we are scarcely intended to understand the long-continued argument as the record of an actual discussion. Elihu begins to take broader ground than the friends of Job, inasmuch as he concerns himself, not with the problems of God's government, but with the impossibility of His acting unjustly (Genesis 18:25), and the reason he gives is somewhat strange--it is the fact that God is irresponsible, He has not been put in charge over the earth; but His authority is ultimate and original, and being so, He can have no personal interests to secure at all risks; He can only have in view the ultimate good of all His creatures, for, on the other hand, if He really desired to slay them, their breath is in His hands, and He would only have to recall it. The earth and all that is in it belongs to God: it is His own, and not another's entrusted to Him; His self-interest, therefore, cannot come into collision with the welfare of His creatures, because their welfare is the welfare of that which is His--of that, therefore, in which He Himself has the largest interest. The argument is a somewhat strange one to us, but it is sound at bottom, for it recognises God as the prime origin and final hope of all His creatures, and assumes that His will can only be good, and that it must be the best because it is His. (Comp. St. John 10:12-13.)

Verse 10. - Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding (comp. ver. 2). Elihu repeats himself, wishing to call special attention to his justification of God (vers. 10-30). Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness. Elihu probably means that to do wickedness is contrary to the very nature and idea of God; but he does not express himself very clearly. And from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. An evil God, a God who can do wrong, is a contradiction in terms - an impossible, inconceivable idea. Devil-worshippers, if there are or ever have been such persons, do not conceive of the object of their worship as really God, but as a powerful malignant spirit. Once rise to the height of the conception of a Power absolutely supreme, omniscient, omnipresent, the Author of all things, and it is impossible to imagine him as less than perfectly good. Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding,.... The same persons he addresses as wise men and men of knowledge, Job 34:2; and here as men of understanding, or "heart" (z); the heart being the seat of wisdom and knowledge; and such Elihu desired to be his hearers, to attend to what he was about to say; which was to refute the words of Job, or his sense expressed in the preceding verses;

far be it from God that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity; do any injustice or injury to any person, there being no unrighteousness in him, nor in any of his ways and works; which Job tacitly seemed to charge God with, at least as Elihu understood him. But sin is contrary to his pure and holy nature; he cannot look upon it with pleasure, much less commit it; it is forbidden by his holy righteous law, and therefore would never he done by him the lawgiver; nor can anyone single instance be given of wickedness and unrighteousness committed by him in any of his works of nature, or providence, or grace. He is the author of the evil of afflictions, whether as punishments or fatherly corrections; and in neither case does he commit or do any injustice; not in punishing wicked men less than they deserve, as he does in this life; nor in correcting his own people, which is always for their good: but not of the evil of sin; this may be concluded from the titles here given, of "Almighty and All-sufficient"; for being so he can be under no temptation of doing an unjust thing; and which is expressed with the like abhorrence and indignation by Elihu as the same sentiment is by the Apostle Paul, Romans 9:14.

(z) "viri cordis", Pagninus, Montanus, Michaelis. 10. The true answer to Job, which God follows up (Job 38:1-41). Man is to believe God's ways are right, because they are His, not because we fully see they are so (Ro 9:14; De 32:4; Ge 18:25).34:10-15 Elihu had showed Job, that God meant him no hurt by afflicting him, but intended his spiritual benefit. Here he shows, that God did him no wrong by afflicting him. If the former did not satisfy him, this ought to silence him. God cannot do wickedness, nor the Almighty commit wrong. If services now go unrewarded, and sins now go unpunished, yet there is a day coming, when God will fully render to every man according to his works. Further, though the believer's final condemnation is done away through the Saviour's ransom, yet he has merited worse than any outward afflictions; so that no wrong is done to him, however he may be tried.
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