Then Elihu said:
"Do you think it is right for you to claim, 'I am righteous before God'?
Yet you also ask, 'What's the use of living a righteous life? How will it benefit me?'
"I will answer you and all your friends, too.
Look up into the sky and see the clouds high above you.
If you sin, what do you accomplish against him? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on him?
If you are good, is this some great gift to him? What could you possibly give him?
No, your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds affect only other people.
"The oppressed cry out beneath the wrongs that are done to them. They groan beneath the power of the mighty.
Yet they don't ask, 'Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?
Where is the one who makes us wiser than the animals and birds?'
"And if they do cry out and God does not answer, it is because of their pride.
But it is wrong to say God doesn't listen, to say the Almighty isn't concerned.
And it is even more false to say he doesn't see what is going on. He will bring about justice if you will only wait.
But do you cry out against him because he does not respond in anger?
Job, you have protested in vain. You have spoken like a fool."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)