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Job 35 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

35 Then Elihu said:

“Do you think this is fair?
    You say, ‘God will show that I am right.’
But you say to him, ‘What good is it to me?
    I don’t gain anything by not sinning.’

“I would like to answer you.
    And I want to answer your friends who are with you.
Look up at the sky and see.
    Look at the clouds so high above you.
If you sin, it does nothing to God.
    Even if your sins are many, they do nothing to God.
If you are good, you give nothing to God.
    He receives nothing from your hand.
Your evil ways only hurt a man like yourself.
    And the good you do only helps other human beings.

“People cry out for help when they are in trouble.
    They beg for relief from powerful people.
10 But no one asks, ‘Where is God, my Maker?
    He gives us songs in the night.
11 He makes us more clever than the animals of the earth.
    He makes us wiser than the birds of the air.’
12 God does not answer evil people when they cry for help.
    This is because they are too proud.
13 He does not listen to their useless begging.
    God All-Powerful pays no attention to them.
14 He will listen to you even less
    when you say you do not see him.
He will not listen when you say your case is before him
    and you must wait for him.
15 He will not listen when you say his anger never punishes
    and that he doesn’t notice evil.
16 So Job is only speaking useless words.
    He says many words without knowing what is true.”

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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.”


  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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