Job 35 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Elihu made answer and said, 1 Then Elihu said:
2 Does it seem to you to be right, and righteousness before God, to say, 2 "Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God. '
3 What profit is it to me, and how am I better off than if I had done wrong? 3 Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
4 I will make answer to you and to your friends: 4 "I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
5 Let your eyes be turned to the heavens, and lifted up to see the skies; they are higher than you. 5 Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you have done wrong, is he any the worse for it? and if your sins are great in number, what is it to him? 6 If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7 If you are upright, what do you give to him? or what does he take from your hand? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your evil-doing may have an effect on a man like yourself, or your righteousness on a son of man. 8 Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.
9 Because the hand of the cruel is hard on them, men are making sounds of grief; they are crying out for help because of the arm of the strong. 9 "Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But no one has said, Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night; 10 But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11 Who gives us more knowledge than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heaven? 11 who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12 There they are crying out because of the pride of the evil-doers, but he gives them no answer. 12 He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13 But God will not give ear to what is false, or the Ruler of all take note of it; 13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him; that the cause is before him, and you are waiting for him. 14 How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,
15 And now ... ; 15 and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16 And Job's mouth is open wide to give out what is of no profit, increasing words without knowledge. 16 So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."