Bible: Job 35

Elihu’s Third Speech 1 

35:1 Then Elihu answered:

35:2Do you think this to be 2  just:

when 3  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 I 7  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 only 12  a person like yourself,

and your righteousness only other people. 13 

35:9People 14  cry out

because of the excess of oppression; 15 

they cry out for help

because of the power 16  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 us 19  more than 20  the wild animals of the earth,

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

35:12 Then 21  they cry out – but he does not answer

because of the arrogance of the wicked.

35:13 Surely it is an empty cry 22 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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