Then Elihu said:
"Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared1 by God.a '23
Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me,b and what do I gain by not sinning?'34
"I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
Look up at the heavens4 and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.56
If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?67
If you are righteous, what do you give to him,7 or what does he receive8 from your hand?98
Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself,10 and your righteousness only the sons of men.119
"Men cry out12 under a load of oppression;13 they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.1410
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker,15 who gives songs16 in the night,1711
who teaches18 more to19 us than toc the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser thand the birds of the air?'
He does not answer20 when men cry out because of the arrogance21 of the wicked.2213
Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.2314
How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him,24 that your case25 is before him and you must wait for him,2615
and further, that his anger never punishes27 and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.e2816
So Job opens his mouth with empty talk;29 without knowledge he multiplies words."30