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Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

35 Moreover Elihu answered and said:

2 “Do you think this is right?

Do you say,

‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?

3 For ayou say,

‘What advantage will it be to You?

What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

4 “I will answer you,

And byour companions with you.

5 cLook to the heavens and see;

And behold the clouds—

They are higher than you.

6 If you sin, what do you accomplish dagainst Him?

Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?

7 eIf you are righteous, what do you give Him?

Or what does He receive from your hand?

8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you,

And your righteousness a son of man.

9 “Because fof the multitude of oppressions they cry out;

They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.

10 But no one says, g‘Where is God my Maker,

hWho gives songs in the night,

11 Who iteaches us more than the beasts of the earth,

And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’

12 jThere they cry out, but He does not answer,

Because of the pride of evil men.

13 kSurely God will not listen to empty talk,

Nor will the Almighty regard it.

14 lAlthough you say you do not see Him,

Yet justice is before Him, and myou must wait for Him.

15 And now, because He has not npunished in His anger,

Nor taken much notice of folly,

16 oTherefore Job opens his mouth in vain;

He multiplies words without knowledge.”


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