Job 35
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1Then Elihu said:1Elihu spake moreover, and said,
2"Do you think this is just? You say, 'I am in the right, not God.'2Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?
3Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'3For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
4"I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.4I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
5Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.5Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
6If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?6If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?7If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
8Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.8Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
9"People cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,10But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
11who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?'11Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
12He does not answer when people cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.12There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.13Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
14How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,14Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
15and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.15But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
16So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."16Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
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