Job 35
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Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

1Moreover Elihu answered and said:

2“Do you think this is right?
Do you say,
‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?
3For you say,
‘What advantage will it be to You?
What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

4“I will answer you,
And your companions with you.
5Look to the heavens and see;
And behold the clouds—
They are higher than you.
6If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?
Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give Him?
Or what does He receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness affects a man such as you,
And your righteousness a son of man.

9“Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
Who gives songs in the night,
11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’
12There they cry out, but He does not answer,
Because of the pride of evil men.
13Surely God will not listen to empty talk,
Nor will the Almighty regard it.
14Although you say you do not see Him,
Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
15And now, because He has not punished in His anger,
Nor taken much notice of folly,
16Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain;
He multiplies words without knowledge.”

The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

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