Job 34:10
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.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly.

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
If any of you are smart, you will listen and learn that God All-Powerful does what is right.

Good News Translation
Listen to me, you men who understand! Will Almighty God do what is wrong?

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wherefore hear me, ye that are wise in heart: far be it from me to sin before the Lord, and to pervert righteousness before the almighty.

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
9For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should delight in God.’ 10Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly. 11For according to a man's deeds, He repays him; according to a man's ways, He brings consequences.…
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 kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Will not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?"

Deuteronomy 32:4
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness 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
Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice.

Psalm 92:15
to proclaim, "The LORD is upright; He is my rock, and in Him there is no unrighteousness."

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.

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

Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Proverbs 15:32
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

far

Job 8:3
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 36:23
Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

Job 37:23
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.







Lexicon
Therefore
לָכֵ֤ן ׀ (lā·ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

listen
שִׁמְע֫וּ (šim·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

to me,
לִ֥י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

you men
אַ֥נֲשֵׁ֥י (’a·nă·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of understanding.
לֵבָ֗ב (lê·ḇāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

Far be it
חָלִ֖לָה (ḥā·li·lāh)
Interjection | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2486: For, a profaned thing, far be it!

from God
לָאֵ֥ל (lā·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

to do wrong,
מֵרֶ֗שַׁע (mê·re·ša‘)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7562: Wickedness

and for the Almighty
וְשַׁדַּ֥י (wə·šad·day)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7706: The Almighty

to act unjustly.
מֵעָֽוֶל׃ (mê·‘ā·wel)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness
(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. 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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