The Bible in Its Traditions

Job 35:1–16

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Moreover Elihu answered and said

After this, Eliu again spoke in this way

AGAIN Elihu spoke, and said,

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Thinkest thou this to be thy right, or sayest thou: 'I am righteousness before God',

What is this that thou thinkest to be according to right? who art thou that thou hast said, I am righteous before the Lord?

Do you think you were justified in saying, I have been found blameless by God?

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That thou inquirest: 'What advantage will it be unto Thee?' And: 'What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'

I will answer thee, and thy three friends.

For you said, “Having done what is right does not please you,” and, “How will it benefit you, if I sin?”

I will give thee answer, and thy companions with thee.

Look up to the sky and see; and consider the clouds, how high they are above thee.

And so, I will respond to your words, and to your friends who are with you.

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Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the skies, which are higher than thou.

If thou hast sinned, what wilt thou do?

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If thou hast sinned, what doest thou against Him? And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?

and if too thou hast transgressed much, what canst thou perform?

If you sin, how will it hurt him? And if your iniquities are multiplied, what will you do against him?

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If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him? Or what receiveth He of thy hand?

Furthermore, if you act justly, what will you give him, or what will he receive from your hand?

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Thy wickedness concerneth a man as thou art; and thy righteousness a son of man.

Your impiety may hurt a man who is like you, though your justice may help the son of the man.

Your wickedness is to yourself; and your righteousness is to yourself.

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By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

They that are oppressed of a multitude will be ready to cry out; they will call for help because of the arm of many.

Because of the multitude of false accusers, they will cry out; and they will lament because of the strong arm of the tyrants.

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10  But none saith: 'Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night;

10  Yet he has not said: “Where is God, who made me, who has given songs in the night,

10  And none says, Where is God my Maker, who gives counsel in the night,

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11  Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?'

11  who makes me to differ from the four-footed beasts of the earth, and from the birds of the sky?

11  who teaches us in addition to the beasts of the earth, and who educates us along with the birds of the air?”

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12  There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

12  There they shall cry, and none shall hearken, even because of the insolence of wicked men.

12  They cry, but he does not answer them,

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13  Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

13  For the Lord desires not to look on error, for he is the Almighty One.

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14  Yea, when thou sayest thou canst not see Him--the cause is before Him; therefore wait thou for Him.

14  He beholds them that perform lawless deeds, and he will save me: and do thou plead before him, if thou canst praise him, as it is possible even now.

14  And so, when you say, “He does not examine,” be judged before him, but wait for him.

15  And now, is it for nought that He punished in His anger? And hath He not full knowledge of arrogance?

15  For he is not now regarding his wrath, nor has he noticed severely any trespass.

15  For, at the present time, he does not bring forth his fury, nor does he punish sin exceedingly.

16  But Job doth open his mouth in vanity; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

16  Yet Job vainly opens his mouth, in ignorance he multiplies words.

16  Therefore, Job has opened his mouth in vain and has multiplied words without knowledge.