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Job 35 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Elihu said: 1 Then Elihu said:
2 "Do you think it is right for you to claim, 'I am righteous before God'? 2 "Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God. '
3 Yet you also ask, 'What's the use of living a righteous life? How will it benefit me?'" 3 Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
4 "I will answer you and all your friends, too. 4 "I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
5 Look up into the sky and see the clouds high above you. 5 Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you sin, what do you accomplish against him? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on 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 good, is this some great gift to him? What could you possibly give him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8 No, your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds affect only other people." 8 Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.
9 "The oppressed cry out beneath the wrongs that are done to them. They groan beneath the power of the mighty. 9 "Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 Yet they don't ask, 'Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night? 10 But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11 Where is the one who makes us wiser than the animals and birds?'" 11 who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12 "And if they do cry out and God does not answer, it is because of their pride. 12 He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13 But it is wrong to say God doesn't listen, to say the Almighty isn't concerned. 13 Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14 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. 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 But do you cry out against him because he does not respond in anger? 15 and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16 Job, you have protested in vain. You have spoken like a fool." 16 So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."