Job 35
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1In response, Elihu said:1And Elihu answered and said:
2"Are you saying that it's just for you to claim, 'I'm more righteous than God?'2“Do you think this to be just? Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’
3After all, you've asked what your benefit will be: 'What will I profit from refraining from sin?'3that you ask, ‘What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
4I'm going to respond to that statement, and to your friends with you."4I will answer you and your friends with you.
5"Observe the heavens! Take a look around! Look! The clouds are higher than you, aren't they?5Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6If you sin, what will that do to harm him? If you add transgression to transgression what will it do to him?6If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7If you are righteous, what will you add to him? What can God receive from your efforts? 7If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness affects only yourself; and your righteousness, only human beings. 8Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.
9"They cry out because they have many oppressors; they cry for help because the powerful are abusing them. 9“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10He never asks, 'Where is God, my Creator, who gives me songs in the night,10But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11who teaches us more than the earth's wild animals, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'11who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
12"They cry out there, but he doesn't answer because of the arrogance of those who practice evil.12There they cry out, but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13Theirs is a useless plea— God won't listen; the Almighty won't pay any attention.13Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.
14Even though you complain that you can't perceive him, your case is already pending for judgment in his presence so keep on placing your hope in him.14How much less when you say that you do not see him, that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15"So now, if he doesn't inflict punishment in his anger, then he doesn't keep track of your many transgressions.15And now, because his anger does not punish, and he does not take much note of transgression,
16When he began speaking, he communicated only worthlessness; he added words upon words without knowing anything."16Job opens his mouth in empty talk; he multiplies words without knowledge.”
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Job 34
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