JPS Tanakh 1917
1Moreover Elihu answered and said:
2Thinkest thou this to be thy right,
Or sayest thou: ‘I am righteousness before God’,
3That thou inquirest: ‘What advantage will it be unto Thee?’
And: ‘What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’
4I will give thee answer,
And thy companions with thee.
5Look unto the heavens, and see;
And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.
6If thou hast sinned, what doest thou against Him?
And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?
7If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him?
Or what receiveth He of thy hand?
8Thy wickedness concerneth a man as thou art;
And thy righteousness a son of man.
9By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10But none saith: ‘Where is God my Maker,
Who giveth songs in the night;
11Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth,
And maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?’
12There they cry, but none giveth answer,
Because of the pride of evil men.
13Surely God will not hear vanity,
Neither will the Almighty regard it.
14Yea, when thou sayest thou canst not see Him—
The cause is before Him; therefore wait thou for Him.
15And now, is it for nought that He punished in His anger?
And hath He not full knowledge of arrogance?
16But Job doth open his mouth in vanity;
He multiplieth words without knowledge.