Job - Chapter 35 | New International Version

  • 1. Then Elihu said:
  • 2. Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God. '
  • 3. Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
  • 4. I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
  • 5. Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
  • 6. If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
  • 7. If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
  • 8. Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.
  • 9. Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
  • 10. But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
  • 11. who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
  • 12. He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.
  • 13. Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.
  • 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 further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
  • 16. So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."