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Job 35 (Common English Bible)

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Sin’s impact

1 Elihu continued: 2 Do you think it right? You say, "I'm more just than God." 3 Yet you ask, "What does it benefit you? What have I gained by avoiding sin?" 4 I'll answer you, and your friends along with you. 5 Look at the heavens and see; scan the clouds high over you. 6 If you've sinned, how have you affected God? Your offenses have multiplied; what have you done to him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand? 8 Your evil affects others like you, and your righteousness affects fellow human beings. 9 People cry out because of heavy oppression; shout under the power of the mighty. 10 But no one says, ""Where is God my maker; who gives songs in the night; 11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?" 12 Then they cry out; but he doesn't answer, because of the pride of the wicked. 13 God certainly doesn't respond to a deceitful cry; the Almighty doesn't pay attention to it. 14 Although you say that you don't see him, the case is before him; so wait anxiously for him. 15 Even though his anger is now held back, a person doesn't know it's only delayed.a 16 So Job mouths emptiness; he piles up ignorant words.
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