Job 35 New Life Version (NLV)
Elihu Keeps On Talking
35 Then Elihu said, 2 “Do you think this is right? Do you say, ‘I am more right than God’? 3 For you ask, ‘What will You get by it? How will it be better for me than if I had sinned?’ 4 I will answer you, and your friends with you. 5 Look at the heavens and see. See the clouds which are higher than you. 6 If you have sinned, what does that do to God? If you have done many wrongs, what does that do to Him? 7 If you are right and good, what do you give to Him? What does He receive from you? 8 Your wrong-doing may hurt another man and your being right and good may help him.
9 “People cry out because of their many hard times. They cry for help because of 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 the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ 12 There they cry out, but He does not answer because of the pride of sinful men. 13 For sure God will not listen to an empty cry. The All-powerful will not do anything about it. 14 How much less when you say you do not see Him, that your trial is before Him, and you must wait for Him! 15 And now, because God has not punished in His anger, and does not watch for sin, 16 Job opens his mouth with empty talk. He speaks many words without much learning.”