Then Elihu continued and said,
"Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who know.
"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.
"Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.
"For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my right;
Should I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable, [though I am] without transgression.'
"What man is like Job, Who drinks up derision like water,
Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?
"For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.'
"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.
"For He pays a man according to his work, And makes him find it according to his way.
"Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
"Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid [on Him] the whole world?
"If He should determine to do so, If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.
"But if [you have] understanding, hear this; Listen to the sound of my words.
"Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones';
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.
"There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
"For He does not [need to] consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.
"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.
"Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows [them] in the night, And they are crushed.
"He strikes them like the wicked In a public place,
Because they turned aside from following Him, And had no regard for any of His ways;
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--
When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?--
So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.
"For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne [chastisement]; I will not offend [anymore];
Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will not do it again '?
"Shall He recompense on your terms, because you have rejected [it]? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declare what you know.
"Men of understanding will say to me, And a wise man who hears me,
'Job speaks without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.
'Job ought to be tried to the limit, 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.'"
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by [any] human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.
For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, [but wait] until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of [men's] hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.
Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, [I] wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;
and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;
when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, [even] until now.
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet [you would] not [have] many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.
For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.
Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.
What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?
It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.
For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.
In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
[I have decided] to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump [of dough]?
Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are [in fact] unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;
I [did] not at all [mean] with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-- not even to eat with such a one.
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within [the church]?
But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent [to] [constitute] the smallest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?
I say [this] to your shame. [Is it] so, [that] there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,
but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?
Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?
On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. [You do] this even to [your] brethren.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
nor thieves, nor [the] covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!
Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body [with her]? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH."
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit [with Him].
Flee immorality. Every [other] sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.