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Job 35

Elihu Sharply Reproves Job

1Elihu continued speaking [to Job] and said,

“Do you think this is according to [your] justice?
Do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?

“For you say, ‘What advantage have you [by living a righteous life]?
What profit will I have, more [by being righteous] than if I had sinned?’

“I will answer you,
And your companions with you.

“Look to the heavens and see;
And behold the skies which are [much] higher than you.

“If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him?
And if your transgressions are multiplied, what have you done to Him?

“If you are righteous, what do you give God,
Or what does He receive from your hand?

“Your wickedness affects only a man such as you,
And your righteousness affects only [a]a son of man [but it cannot affect God, who is sovereign].

“Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out;
They cry for help because of the [violent] arm of the mighty.
“But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
Who gives songs [of rejoicing] in the night,
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth
And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
“The people cry out, but He does not answer
Because of the pride of evil men.
“Surely God will not listen to an empty cry [which lacks trust],
Nor will the Almighty regard it.
“Even though you say that you do not see Him [when missing His righteous judgment on earth],
Yet your case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!
“And now, because He has not [quickly] punished in His anger,
Nor has He acknowledged transgression and arrogance well [and seems unaware of the wrong of which a person is guilty],
Job uselessly opens his mouth
And multiplies words without knowledge [drawing the worthless conclusion that the righteous have no more advantage than the wicked].”

Notas al pie

  1. Job 35:8 I.e. a human being.

New International Reader's Version

Job 35

1Elihu continued,

“Job, do you think it’s fair for you to say,
    ‘I am the one who is right, not God’?
You ask him, ‘What good is it for me not to sin?
    What do I get by not sinning?’

“I’d like to reply to you
    and to your friends who are with you.
Look up at the heavens.
    Observe the clouds that are high above you.
If you sin, what does that mean to God?
    If you sin many times, what does that do to him?
If you do what is right, how does that help him?
    What does he get from you?
The evil things you do only hurt people like yourself.
    The right things you do only help other human beings.

“People cry out when they are treated badly.
    They beg to be set free from the power of those who are over them.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is the God who made me?
    He gives us songs even during the night.
11 He teaches us more than he teaches the wild animals.
    He makes us wiser than the birds in the sky.’
12 He doesn’t answer sinful people when they cry out to him.
    That’s because they are so proud.
13 In fact, God doesn’t listen to their empty cries.
    The Mighty One doesn’t pay any attention to them.
14 So he certainly won’t listen to you.
    When you say you don’t see him, he won’t hear you.
He won’t listen when you state your case to him.
    He won’t pay attention even if you wait for him.
15 When you say his anger never punishes sin, he won’t hear you.
    He won’t listen when you say he doesn’t pay any attention to evil.
16 So you say things that don’t mean anything.
    You use a lot of words,
    but you don’t know what you are talking about.”