And Elihu answered and said:
"Do you think this to be just? Do you say, 1'It is my right before God,'
that you ask, 2'What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?'
I will answer you and 3your friends with you.
4Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
If you have sinned, 5what do you accomplish against him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
6If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness 7a son of man.
"Because of the multitude of 8oppressions people 9cry out; they call for help because of the arm of 10the mighty.
But none says, 'Where is God my 11Maker, who gives 12songs in the night,
who teaches us 13more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'
There they 14cry out, but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.
How much less when you say that you 15do not see him, that the case is before him, and you are 16waiting for him!
And now, because 17his anger does not punish, and he does not take much note of transgression,
Job opens his mouth in empty talk; he 18multiplies words 19without knowledge."