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Job 35 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

35 Then Elihu continued, saying:

Do you think it is just when you say,
“I am righteous before God”?
For you ask, “What does it profit you,[a]
and what benefit comes to me, if I do not sin?”
I will answer you
and your friends with you.
Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
If you sin, how does it affect God?
If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to him?
If you are righteous, what do you give him,
or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,
and your righteousness, a son of man.[b]
People cry out because of severe oppression;
they shout for help because of the power of the mighty.
10 But no one asks, “Where is God my Maker,
who provides us with songs in the night,
11 who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?”
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,
because of the pride of evil people.
13 Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,
and the Almighty does not take note of it—
14 how much less when[c] you complain[d]
that you do not see him,
that your case is before him
and you are waiting for him.
15 But now, because God’s anger does not punish
and he does not pay attention to transgression,[e]
16 Job opens his mouth in vain
and multiplies words without knowledge.

Footnotes:

  1. 35:3 Some emend to me
  2. 35:8 Or a mere mortal
  3. 35:14 Or how then can
  4. 35:14 Lit say
  5. 35:15 LXX, Vg; MT reads folly, or arrogance; Hb obscure
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Job 35 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

35 Elihu continued and said:

“Do you think this to be just?
    You say, ‘I am in the right before God.’
If you ask, ‘What advantage have I?
    How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
I will answer you
    and your friends with you.
Look at the heavens and see;
    observe the clouds, which are higher than you.
If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
    And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to him;
    or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects others like you,
    and your righteousness, other human beings.

“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;
    they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
    who gives strength in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the animals of the earth,
    and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?’
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,
    because of the pride of evildoers.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
    nor does the Almighty[a] regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,
    that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,
    and he does not greatly heed transgression,[b]
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk,
    he multiplies words without knowledge.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 35:13 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  2. Job 35:15 Theodotion Symmachus Compare Vg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
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