Job 35

Elihu’s Third Speech1

35:1 Then Elihu answered:

35:2 “Do you think this to be2 just:

when3 you say, ‘My right before God.’4

35:3 But you say, ‘What will it profit you,’5

and, ‘What do I gain by not sinning?’6

35:4 I7 will reply to you,8

and to your friends with you.

35:5 Gaze at the heavens and see;

consider the clouds, which are higher than you!9

35:6 If you sin, how does it affect God?10

If your transgressions are many,

what does it do to him?11

35:7 If you are righteous, what do you give to God,

or what does he receive from your hand?

35:8 Your wickedness affects only12 a person like yourself,

and your righteousness only other people.13

35:9 “People14 cry out

because of the excess of oppression;15

they cry out for help

because of the power16 of the mighty.17

35:10 But no one says, ‘Where is God, my Creator,

who gives songs in the night,18

35:11 who teaches us19 more than20 the wild animals of the earth,

and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?’

35:12 Then21 they cry out – but he does not answer –

because of the arrogance of the wicked.

35:13 Surely it is an empty cry22 – God does not hear it;

the Almighty does not take notice of it.

35:14 How much less, then,

when you say that you do not perceive him,

that the case is before him

and you are waiting for him!23

35:15 And further,24 when you say

that his anger does not punish,25

and that he does not know transgression!26

35:16 So Job opens his mouth to no purpose;27

without knowledge he multiplies words.”

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