2 Listen, O wise men, to my words; You who have knowledge, give ear to me.
shim-U kha-kha-MEEM mi-LAI v’-yo-d’-EEM ha-a-ZEE-nu LEE
ב שִׁמְעוּ חֲכָמִים מִלָּי וְיֹדְעִים הַאֲזִינוּ לִי׃
34:2 Listen, O wise men, to my words
Elihu calls on the wise men and those who have knowledge to ‘listen’ or ‘hear,’ and also to ‘give ear’. This pair of synonyms appear together in a number of places in the Bible, most prominently in Sefer Devarim 32:1. That verse introduces a song in which Hashem calls on heaven and earth to be the eternal witnesses to the covenant He has made with the Jewish people. If Israel follows His commandments, they will live peacefully in the land. If, however, they over-indulge, become morally corrupt and abandon the Lord, they will be sent into exile. The prophet Yeshayahu also calls on heaven and earth with these same words (Isaiah 1:2).