1Then Elihu continued, saying:
2Do you think it is just when you say,
“I am righteous before God”?
3For you ask, “What does it profit You, # Some emend to me
and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin? ” #Jb 9:29|NoBook| 21:15|NoBook| 34:9
4I will answer you
and your friends with you.
5Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
6If you sin, how does it affect God?
If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give Him,
or what does He receive from your hand? #Jb 22:3|NoBook| 41:11Rm 11:35
8Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,
and your righteousness another human being.
9People cry out because of severe oppression;
they shout for help because of the arm of the mighty. #Ex 2:23Jb 24:12|NoBook| 34:28
10But no one asks, “Where is God my Maker, #Dt 32:6Is 51:13Jr 2:8
who provides us with songs in the night, #Ps 42:8|NoBook| 77:6Ac 16:25
11who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky? ” #Jb 12:7Mt 6:26
12There they cry out, but He does not answer,
because of the pride of evil men. #Pr 1:28Is 1:15Zch 7:13
13Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,
and the Almighty does not take note of it —
14how much less when # Or How then can you complain # Lit say
that you do not see Him,
that your case #Jb 13:18|NoBook| 23:4|NoBook| 31:13 is before Him
and you are waiting #Jb 6:8|NoBook| 13:13|NoBook| 14:14 for Him.
15But now, because God’s anger does not punish
and He does not pay attention to transgression, # LXX, Vg; MT reads folly, or arrogance ; Hb obscure
16Job opens his mouth in vain
and multiplies words without knowledge. #Jb 15:2|NoBook| 21:22|NoBook| 34:35