1 ELIHU SPOKE further [to Job] and said,
2 Do you think this is your right, or are you saying, My righteousness is more than God's,
3 That you ask, What advantage have you? How am I profited more than if I had sinned?
4 I will answer you and your companions with you.
5 Look to the heavens and see; and behold the skies which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, how does that affect God? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what have you done to Him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you [by that] give God? Or what does He receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness touches and affects a man such as you are, and your righteousness is for yourself, one of the human race [but it cannot touch God, Who is above such influence].
9 Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out; they cry for help because of the violence of the mighty.
10 But no one says, Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs of rejoicing in the night, [Acts 16:25.]
11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
12 [The people] cry out because of the pride of evil men, but He does not answer.
13 Surely God will refuse to answer [the cry which is] vanity (vain and empty–instead of abiding trust); neither will the Almighty regard it–
14 How much less when [missing His righteous judgment on earth] you say that you do not see Him, that your cause is before Him, and you are waiting for Him!
15 But now because God has not [speedily] punished in His anger and seems to be unaware of the wrong and oppression [of which a person is guilty],
16 Job uselessly opens his mouth and multiplies words without knowledge [drawing the worthless conclusion that the righteous have no more advantage than the wicked].
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