Job 34:17

“Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Shall euen he that hateth right, gouerne? and wilt thou condemne him that is most iust?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Shall even one that hateth justice govern? And wilt thou condemn him that is righteous `and' mighty?-
- American Standard Version (1901)

How may a hater of right be a ruler? and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil?
- Basic English Bible

Should he that hateth right indeed govern? and wilt thou condemn the All-just?
- Darby Bible

Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
- Webster's Bible

Shall even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?--
- World English Bible

Yea, doth one hating justice govern? Or the Most Just dost thou condemn?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Shall even one that hateth right govern? And wilt thou condemn Him that is just and mighty--
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 34:17


34:17 Shall he - That is unrighteous. Govern - Elihu's argument is the same with that of Abraham, #Gen 18:25|, and that of St. Paul, #Rom 3:5|,6. If God be unrighteous, how shall he judge or govern the world? And the argument is undeniable: if God were unjust, there would be nothing but injustice and confusion in the world, whereas we see there is a great deal of justice administered in the world, and all this must proceed from him who is the fountain of all justice, and rule, and authority. And he that makes men just, shall he be unjust? Most just - God, who hath given so many clear and unquestionable evidences of his justice, in giving just and holy laws, in encouraging and rewarding righteous persons in this life, and inflicting dreadful judgments upon tyrants and oppressors.


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