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Job 35

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Comparison is not to be made with God, because our good or evil cannot extend unto him.

35:1 Moreover Elihu answered,

35:2 “Do you think this to be your right,
or do you say,
‘My righteousness is more than God’s,’

35:3 That you ask,

‘What advantage will it be to you?
What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

35:4 I will answer you,
and your companions with you.

35:5 Look to the heavens, and see.
See the skies, which are higher than you.

35:6 If you have sinned, what effect do you have against him?
If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

35:7 If you are righteous, what do you give him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?

35:8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are,
and your righteousness may profit a son of man.

Many cry in their afflictions, but are not heard for want of faith.

35:9 “By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out.
They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

35:10 But none says,

‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,

35:11 who teaches us more than the animals of the earth,
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?’

35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer,
because of the pride of evil men.

35:13 Surely God will not hear an empty cry,
neither will the Almighty regard it.

35:14 How much less when you say you don’t see him.
The cause is before him, and you wait for him!

35:15 But now, because he has not visited in his anger,
neither does he greatly regard arrogance.

35:16 Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk,
and he multiplies words without knowledge.”

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