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I[a] will reply to you,[b]
and to your friends with you.
Gaze at the heavens and see;
consider the clouds, which are higher than you.[c]
If you sin, how does it affect God?[d]
If your transgressions are many,
what does it do to him?[e]

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  1. Job 35:4 tn The emphatic pronoun calls attention to Elihu who will answer these questions.
  2. Job 35:4 tn The Hebrew text adds, “with words,” but since this is obvious, for stylistic reasons it has not been included in the translation.
  3. Job 35:5 tn The preposition is taken here as a comparative min (מִן). The line could also read “that are high above you.” This idea has appeared in the speech of Eliphaz (22:12), Zophar (11:7-8), and even Job (9:8-11).
  4. Job 35:6 tn Heb “him” (also in v. 7); the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  5. Job 35:6 tn See Job 7:20.