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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

Job 35:1-16

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Elihu points out Job’s faulty reasoning (1-16)

    • Job said he is more righteous than God (2)

    • God so high, not affected by sin (5, 6)

    • Job should wait for God (14)

35  E·liʹhu continued his response:   “Are you so convinced that you are right that you would say, ‘I am more righteous than God’?+   For you say, ‘What does it matter to you?* Am I better off than if I had sinned?’+   I will reply to you And to your companions+ with you.   Look up to heaven and see, Observe the clouds,+ which are high above you.   If you sin, how do you hurt him?+ If your transgressions multiply, what do you do to him?+   If you are righteous, what do you give him; What does he receive from you?+   Your wickedness affects only a human like yourself, And your righteousness, a son of man.   People cry out when under great oppression; They cry for relief from the domination* of the powerful.+ 10  But no one says, ‘Where is God, my Grand Maker,+ The one causing songs to be sung in the night?’+ 11  He teaches us+ more than the beasts of the earth,+ And he makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens. 12  People cry out, but he does not answer,+ Because of the pride of the wicked.+ 13  Surely God does not hear an empty cry;*+ The Almighty does not pay attention to it. 14  How much less, then, when you complain that you do not see him!+ Your legal case is before him, so you should wait anxiously for him.+ 15  For he has not angrily called for an accounting; Nor has he taken note of your extreme rashness.+ 16  Job opens his mouth wide in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge.”+

Footnotes

Likely referring to God.
Lit., “arm.”
Or “a lie.”