Job 35:3-13 NIV

3 Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me,a and what do I gain by not sinning?'1

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4 "I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
5 Look up at the heavens2 and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.3

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6 If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?4

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7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him,5 or what does he receive6 from your hand?7

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8 Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself,8 and your righteousness only the sons of men.9

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9 "Men cry out10 under a load of oppression;11 they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.12

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10 But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker,13 who gives songs14 in the night,15

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11 who teaches16 more to17 us than tob the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser thanc the birds of the air?'

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    • c 35:11 - Or "teaches us by"
    • d 35:11 - Or "us wise by"
      12 He does not answer18 when men cry out because of the arrogance19 of the wicked.20

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      13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.21

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