Job 35 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Elihu lit into Job again: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Does this kind of thing make any sense? First you say, 'I'm perfectly innocent before God.' 2 "Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God. '
3 And then you say, 'It doesn't make a bit of difference whether I've sinned or not.' 3 Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
4 "Well, I'm going to show you that you don't know what you're talking about, neither you nor your friends. 4 "I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
5 Look up at the sky. Take a long hard look. See those clouds towering above you? 5 Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you sin, what difference could that make to God? No matter how much you sin, will it matter to him? 6 If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7 Even if you're good, what would God get out of that? Do you think he's dependent on your accomplishments? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8 The only ones who care whether you're good or bad are your family and friends and neighbors. God's not dependent on your behavior. 8 Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.
9 "When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around, 9 "Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts, 10 But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11 When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, using birds and beasts to teach wisdom. 11 who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12 People are arrogantly indifferent to God - until, of course, they're in trouble, and then God is indifferent to them. 12 He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13 There's nothing behind such prayers except panic; the Almighty pays them no mind. 13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14 So why would he notice you just because you say you're tired of waiting to be heard, 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 Or waiting for him to get good and angry and do something about the world's problems? 15 and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16 "Job, you talk sheer nonsense - nonstop nonsense!" 16 So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."