Job 35:12
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English Standard Version
There they cry out, but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.

King James Bible
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

American Standard Version
There they cry, but none giveth answer, Because of the pride of evil men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There shall they cry, and he will not hear, because of the pride of evil men.

English Revised Version
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Webster's Bible Translation
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 Look towards heaven and see,

And behold the ethereal heights: they are high above thee.

6 If thou sinnest, what dost thou effect with Him?

And if thy transgressions are many, what doest thou to Him?

7 If thou art righteous, what dost thou give Him,

Or what doth He take from thy hand?

8 To man like thee thy godlessness availeth,

And to thee, a son of man, thy righteousness.

Towards heaven he is to direct his gaze, to obtain from the height of heaven a notion of the exaltation of God who dwells above the heavens. The combination הבּיט וראה is like Psalm 80:15 and freq. שׁחקים (שׁחק, Arab. sḥq, to rub in pieces, make thin, therefore the opposite of עבים) are the thin transparent strata of the atmosphere above the hanging clouds. מן after גּבהּ denotes the height that is on the opposite side to the beholder. From the exaltation of God it is then further inferred that it is impossible to exercise any human influence upon Him, by which He might suffer. The pointing wavers here between תּפעל (the common fut. form) and תּפעל(as a contraction of תּפעל after the form אזעם, Numbers 23:8). Human wrong or right doing neither diminishes nor increases His blessedness; injury or advantage is only on the side of man, from whom it proceeds. Others, whom his conduct affect, are not included in Job 35:8 : righteous or ungodly doing, Elihu means to say, as such and with its consequences, belongs solely to the doer himself, the man "like thee" (לאישׁ with Munach, כּמוך with Munach), the son of man, i.e., man, capable of evil as of good, and who always, after deciding in favour of the latter or the former, determines his fortune or misfortune, in distinction from God, who ever remains unchangeably the same in His perfect righteousness. What Elihu here says we have already heard from Eliphaz, Job 22:2., and Job even expresses himself similarly in Job 7:20; but to Elihu's mind it all becomes for Job new and powerful motives to quiet submission, for what objection should Job raise in justification of his complaints concerning his affliction against such sentiments as these, that goodness bears its reward and evil its punishment in itself, and that God's reward of goodness is not a work of indebtedness, nor His punishment of evil a work of necessity? Before such truth he must really hold his peace.

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There

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but he answered them not.

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

because

Psalm 73:6-8 Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers them as a garment...

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt...

Isaiah 14:14-17 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High...

Cross References
Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Proverbs 1:28
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

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