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