Job 34:33
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New International Version
Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.

New Living Translation
"Must God tailor his justice to your demands? But you have rejected him! The choice is yours, not mine. Go ahead, share your wisdom with us.

English Standard Version
Will he then make repayment to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.

New American Standard Bible
"Shall He recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declare what you know.

King James Bible
Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should God repay you on your terms when you have rejected His? You must choose, not I! So declare what you know.

International Standard Version
"Should you not be paid back, since you have rejected him? You do the choosing! I won't! Tell us what you know!

NET Bible
Is it your opinion that God should recompense it, because you reject this? But you must choose, and not I, so tell us what you know.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should God reward you on your own terms since you have rejected his? You must choose, not I. Tell me what you know. Speak!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will he, perchance finish his work by thee; whether thou refuse or whether thou choose, or by me? Speak what thou knowest.

King James 2000 Bible
Should it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I: therefore declare what you know.

American King James Version
Should it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I: therefore speak what you know.

American Standard Version
Shall his recompense be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? For thou must choose, and not I: Therefore speak what thou knowest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth God require it of thee, because it hath displeased thee? for thou begannest to speak, and not I. : but if thou know any thing better, speak.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he recompense according to thy mind? for thou hast refused [his judgment]; for thou so choosest, and not I; speak then what thou knowest.

English Revised Version
Shall his recompence be as thou wilt, that thou refusest it? for thou must choose, and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou shalt refuse, or whether thou shalt choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

World English Bible
Shall his recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it? For you must choose, and not I. Therefore speak what you know.

Young's Literal Translation
By thee doth He recompense, That thou hast refused -- That thou dost choose, and not I? And what thou hast known, speak.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:31-37 When we reprove for what is amiss, we must direct to what is good. Job's friends would have had him own himself a wicked man. Let will only oblige him to own that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. Let us, in giving reproof, not make a matter worse than it is. Elihu directs Job to humble himself before God for his sins, and to accept the punishment. Also to pray to God to discover his sins to him. A good man is willing to know the worst of himself; particularly, under affliction, he desires to be told wherefore God contends with him. It is not enough to be sorry for our sins, but we must go and sin no more. And if we are affectionate children, we shall love to speak with our Father, and to tell him all our mind. Elihu reasons with Job concerning his discontent under affliction. We are ready to think every thing that concerns us should be just as we would have it; but it is not reasonable to expect this. Elihu asks whether there was not sin and folly in what Job said. God is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works, Ps 145:17. The believer saith, Let my Saviour, my wise and loving Lord, choose every thing for me. I am sure that will be wisest, and the best for his glory and my good.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it. The two clauses should be taken together, and the translation should run, "Should God recompense" (i.e. make his awards) "according to thy pleasure'" or "as thou wiliest?" Elihu turns to Job and directly addresses him, "Can he expect that God will make his decrees - condemn and absolve men - just as Job thinks right?" Whether thou refuse; rather, since thou refusest them. Job had refused to acknowledge the justice of God's awards and decisions. Or whether thou choose; and not I; rather, but thou must choose, and not I. It is Job who must determine how he will act. Elihu, a friend, can only point out and recommend a course, as he had done in vers. 31, 32. It is for Job himself to determine what course he will take. Therefore speak what thou knowest; i.e. "Say what thou hast determined on."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Should it be according, to thy mind?.... O Job, for the words seem to he directed to him; and may respect either the government of the world in general, and the disposal of all things in it, treated of in this chapter, though more remotely, Job 34:13. Is it not proper that God should govern it, who has made it, and do all things in it as he pleases? is it fit he should consult with men what to do, or be instructed and taught by them in the path of judgment? is it meet that every man should have his mind and will, and have everything go in the form and course most eligible to him? Or else they may respect chastisement, with which the words are more nearly connected; and so the sense be, should man be consulted, as Job or any other, and his mind known first, whether he should be chastened or not? should a son or a servant be asked first by a parent or master, whether it is fitting to give correction or not? or is man to be advised with in what way and manner he should be chastened of God, whether in his person, or family, or estate? or how long the chastening should endure upon him, and when it should be removed? no, surely; all should be left with God, the wise and sovereign Disposer of all things;

he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose,

and not I; that is, God will recompense chastisement; he will chastise whom he pleases, and in what manner he pleases, and as long as he pleases, whether man consents or submits to it or not; he will not ask his leave; he will do according to the counsel of his own will; and thou Job mayest choose or refuse to submit to him as thou likest best; for my part, was it my case, I would not refuse submission to his will; I would say, "it is the Lord, let him do what seemeth good in his sight". Some make this last clause the words of God, put by way of question, "shouldest thou choose or refuse, and not I?" shouldest thou have thine option and refusal, and not I? should man be his own chooser, or choose for himself what he likes best? should he not say, the Lord shall choose mine inheritance for me, though that inheritance is affliction? The words are rendered by others to different senses, all which to observe would be too tedious: some (l) to this sense,

"what is of thyself God recompenses;''

sin is of a man's self, it flows from his corrupt heart and will, he is not tempted to it of God; nor is it to be ascribed to the temptations of Satan, which, though they may have their influence, sin is a man's own act and deed; and God will recompense it in one way or another, whether man will or not; either in a way of punishment on the sinner himself, or on his surety for him; or in a way of fatherly correction and chastisement; and this is the Lord's doing and not mine, and he is just in so doing;

therefore speak what thou knowest: if thou knowest anything better than this, or canst contradict what is said: or as others (m) to this purpose,

"did ever such a speech come from thee, as expressed in the preceding verses? God will recompense it, if thou refusest to speak in such a submissive manner; thou mayest refuse to do it, I would not; I should choose to submit and hear the affliction patiently; if thou thinkest otherwise, speak out thy mind.''

(l) "ecce de tuo rependit illud", Schultens. (m) Junius and Tremellius, Grotius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. Rather, "should God recompense (sinners) according to thy mind? Then it is for thee to reject and to choose, and not me" [Umbreit]; or as Maurer, "For thou hast rejected God's way of recompensing; state therefore thy way, for thou must choose, not I," that is, it is thy part, not mine, to show a better way than God's.

Job 34:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
32Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will not do it again '? 33"Shall He recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declare what you know. 34"Men of understanding will say to me, And a wise man who hears me,…
Cross References
Job 34:34
"Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me,

Job 41:11
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Jeremiah 25:28
But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it!
Treasury of Scripture

Should it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I: therefore speak what you know.

Should

Job 9:12 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What do you?

Job 18:4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

Romans 11:35 Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

according to thy mind. Heb. from with thee. he will

Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render to him, and cause every man …

Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be …

Psalm 89:30-32 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments…

Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more …

2 Thessalonians 1:6,7 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression …

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures …

whether thou refuse

Psalm 135:6 Whatever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in …

Matthew 20:12-15 Saying, These last have worked but one hour, and you have made them …

what

Job 33:5,32 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up…

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