Elihu Condemns Job

35 And Elihu answered and said:

  “Do you think this to be just?

Do you say, v‘It is my right before God,’

  that you ask, w‘What advantage have I?

How am I better off than if I had sinned?’

  I will answer you

and xyour friends with you.

  yLook at the heavens, and see;

and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.

  If you have sinned, zwhat do you accomplish against him?

And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

  aIf you are righteous, what do you give to him?

Or what does he receive from your hand?

  Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,

and your righteousness ba son of man.

  “Because of the multitude of coppressions people dcry out;

they call for help because of the arm of ethe mighty.1

  10  But none says, ‘Where is God my fMaker,

who gives gsongs in the night,

  11  who teaches us hmore than the beasts of the earth

and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’

  12  There they icry out, but he does not answer,

because of the pride of evil men.

  13  Surely God does not hear an empty cry,

nor does the Almighty regard it.

  14  How much less when you say that you jdo not see him,

that the case is before him, and you are kwaiting for him!

  15  And now, because lhis anger does not punish,

and he does not take much note of transgression,2

  16  Job opens his mouth in empty talk;

he mmultiplies words nwithout knowledge.”

v

See ch. 32:2

w

See ch. 34:9

x

ch. 34:8, 36

y

[ch. 22:12]

z
a
b

ch. 25:6

c
d

Ex. 2:23; [ch. 34:28]

e

[ch. 22:8]

1

Or the many

f
g
h
i

See ch. 27:9

j

ch. 9:11; 23:8, 9

k

[ch. 13:15]

l
2

Theodotion, Symmachus (compare Vulgate); the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

m

ch. 34:37

n
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