Job 34:18
New International Version
Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,'

New Living Translation
For he says to kings, 'You are wicked,' and to nobles, 'You are unjust.'

English Standard Version
who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’ and to nobles, ‘Wicked man,’

Berean Study Bible
who says to kings, ‘You are worthless!’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’

New American Standard Bible
Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones';

King James Bible
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

Christian Standard Bible
who says to a king, "Worthless man!" and to nobles, "Wicked men!"?

Contemporary English Version
Indeed, God is the one who condemns unfair rulers.

Good News Translation
God condemns kings and rulers when they are worthless or wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who says to a king, "Worthless man!" and to nobles, "Wicked men!"?

International Standard Version
Can one say to a king, 'You're vile!' or to nobles, 'You're wicked!'?

NET Bible
who says to a king, 'Worthless man' and to nobles, 'Wicked men,'

New Heart English Bible
Who says to a king, 'Vile.' or to nobles, 'Wicked.'?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should anyone [even] say to a king, 'You good-for-nothing scoundrel!' or to nobles, 'You wicked people!'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is it fit to say to a king: 'Thou art base'? Or to nobles: 'Ye are wicked'?--

New American Standard 1977
Who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’ To nobles, ‘Wicked ones’;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it fit to say to the king, Thou art of Belial and to the princes, Ye are ungodly?

King James 2000 Bible
Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly?

American King James Version
Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly?

American Standard Version
Him that saith to a king, Thou art vile, Or to nobles, Ye are wicked;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He is ungodly that says to a king, Thou art a transgressor, that says to princes, O most ungodly one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who saith to the king : Thou art an apostate : who calleth rulers ungodly?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall one say to a king, Belial? to nobles, Wicked?

English Revised Version
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art vile? or to nobles, Ye are wicked?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

World English Bible
Who says to a king, 'Vile!' or to nobles, 'Wicked!'?

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath said to a king -- 'Worthless,' Unto princes -- 'Wicked?'
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
17Could one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One, 18who says to kings, ‘You are worthless!’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’ 19who is not partial to princes and does not favor rich over poor? For they are all the work of His hands.…
Cross References
Job 34:17
Could one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One,

Job 34:19
who is not partial to princes and does not favor rich over poor? For they are all the work of His hands.

Treasury of Scripture

Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly?

Exodus 22:28
Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.

Proverbs 17:26
Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

Acts 23:3,5
Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? …







Lexicon
who says
הַאֲמֹ֣ר (ha·’ă·mōr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to kings,
לְמֶ֣לֶךְ (lə·me·leḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

‘[You are] worthless!’
בְּלִיָּ֑עַל (bə·lî·yā·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

and to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

nobles,
נְדִיבִֽים׃ (nə·ḏî·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5081: Voluntary, generous, magnanimous, a grandee

‘[You are] wicked,’
רָ֝שָׁ֗ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person
(18) Is it fit to say to a king?--The argument is from the less to the greater. "Who could challenge a king or princes? and if not a king, how much less the King of kings?" There is a strong ellipse in the Hebrew, but yet one that is naturally supplied. (Comp. Psalm 137:5.)

Verse 18. - Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? Would any subject of an earthly king deem it fitting to accuse his sovereign of wicked and unjust conduct? Would he even tax those who stood next to the king - the princes and great officers of the court - with ungodliness? If a sense of what is becoming and seemly would restrain a man from the use of language of this sort towards his earthly ruler, can it be right that he should allow himself in such liberty or speech towards his heavenly King, his absolute Lord and Master? Job had not really used such language of God, though the complaints which he had made with respect to God's treatment of him might not unreasonably be held to imply some such accusation. 34:16-30 Elihu appeals directly to Job himself. Could he suppose that God was like those earthly princes, who hate right, who are unfit to rule, and prove the scourges of mankind? It is daring presumption to condemn God's proceedings, as Job had done by his discontents. Elihu suggests divers considerations to Job, to produce in him high thoughts of God, and so to persuade him to submit. Job had often wished to plead his cause before God. Elihu asks, To what purpose? All is well that God does, and will be found so. What can make those uneasy, whose souls dwell at ease in God? The smiles of all the world cannot quiet those on whom God frowns.
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