Job 35:1-16 NIV

Job 35:1-16 NIV [1] Then Elihu said: [2] "Do you think this is just? You say, 'I am in the right, not 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 only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people. [9] "People 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 us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?' [12] He does not answer when people 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."

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