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Job 35 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Elihu Continues: I Will Answer You and Your Friends, Job

35 Elihu continued to speak to Job and his friends,

“Do you think this is right
    when you say, ‘My case is more just than El’s,’
when you ask, ‘What benefit is it to you?’
    and, ‘What would I gain by sinning?’
I will answer you and your friends.

Human Behavior Cannot Change God

“Look at the heavens and see.
    Observe the clouds high above you.
If you’ve sinned, what effect can you have on God?
    If you’ve done many wrongs, what can you do to him?
If you’re righteous, what can you give him,
    or what can he get from you?
Your wickedness affects only someone like yourself.
    Your righteousness affects only the descendants of Adam.
The weight of oppression makes them cry out.
    The power of mighty people makes them call for help.
10 But no one asks,
    ‘Where is Eloah, my Creator,
        who inspires songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than he teaches the animals of the earth,
    who makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
12 Then they cry out, but he doesn’t answer them
    because of the arrogance of those evil people.

13 “Surely, El doesn’t listen to idle complaints.
    Shadday doesn’t even pay attention to them.
14 Although you say that you pay attention to him,
    your case is in front of him, but you’ll have to wait for him.
15 And now you say that his anger doesn’t punish anyone
    and he isn’t too concerned about evil.[a]
16 Job opens his mouth for no good reason
    and talks a lot without having any knowledge.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 35:15 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
Names of God Bible (NOG)

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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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