Job - Chapter 35

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Then Elihu said:


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"Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God.'


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Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'


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"I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.


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Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.


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If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?


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If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?


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Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.


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"Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.


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But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,


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who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'


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He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.


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Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.


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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,


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and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.


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So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."