Job 351Then Elihu continued, saying: 2 Do you think it is just when you say,
“I am righteous before God”?
3 For you ask, “What does it profit You, ▼
▼Some emend to me
and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?” b
4 I will answer you
and your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
6 If you sin, how does it affect God?
If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give Him,
or what does He receive from your hand? c
8 Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,
and your righteousness another human being.
9 People cry out because of severe oppression;
they shout for help because of the arm of the mighty. d
10 But no one asks, “Where is God my Maker e
who provides us with songs in the night f
11 who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?” g
12 There they cry out, but He does not answer,
because of the pride of evil men. h
13 Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,
and the ▼
▼God Almighty: The Hebrew word is El Shaddai; El = "God," but the meaning of Shaddai is disputed; traditionally it is translated "Almighty".Almighty does not take note of it –
14 how much less when ▼
▼Or How then canyou complain ▼
that you do not see Him,
that your case l is before Him
and you are waiting m for Him.
15 But now, because God’s anger does not punish
and He does not pay attention to transgression ▼
▼LXX, Vg; MT reads folly, or arrogance; Hb obscure
16 Job opens his mouth in vain
and multiplies words without knowledge. o
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