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Job 35 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

35 Then Elihu continued, saying:

Do you think it is just when you say,
“I am righteous before God”?
For you ask, “What does it profit You,[a]
and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?”
I will answer you
and your friends with you.
Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does it affect God?
If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give Him,
or what does He receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,
and your righteousness another human being.
People cry out because of severe oppression;
they shout for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one asks, “Where is God my Maker,
who provides us with songs in the night,
11 who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?”
12 There they cry out, but He does not answer,
because of the pride of evil men.
13 Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,
and the Almighty does not take note of it—
14 how much less when[b] you complain[c]
that you do not see Him,
that your case is before Him
and you are waiting for Him.
15 But now, because God’s anger does not punish
and He does not pay attention to transgression,[d]
16 Job opens his mouth in vain
and multiplies words without knowledge.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 35:3 Some emend to me
  2. Job 35:14 Or How then can
  3. Job 35:14 Lit say
  4. Job 35:15 LXX, Vg; MT reads folly, or arrogance; Hb obscure

Job 35 New International Version (NIV)

35 Then Elihu said:

“Do you think this is just?
    You say, ‘I am in the right, not God.’
Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me,[a]
    and what do I gain by not sinning?’

“I would like to reply to you
    and to your friends with you.
Look up at the heavens and see;
    gaze at the clouds so high above you.
If you sin, how does that affect him?
    If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
    or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
    and your righteousness only other people.

“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[b] the beasts of the earth
    and makes us wiser than[c] 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.[d]
16 So Job opens his mouth with empty talk;
    without knowledge he multiplies words.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 35:3 Or you
  2. Job 35:11 Or night, / 11 who teaches us by
  3. Job 35:11 Or us wise by
  4. Job 35:15 Symmachus, Theodotion and Vulgate; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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