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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 35

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1Elihu went on to say:

2Do you reckon this to be a sound plea, to maintain that you are in the right against God 3if you say, ‘What would be the advantage to me? How much should I gain from sinning’? 4I shall bring arguments myself in reply to you and to your three a 35:4 three: so Gk; Heb. omits. friends as well.

5Look up at the sky and then consider, observe the rain-clouds towering above you. 6How does it touch God if you have sinned? However many your misdeeds, how does it affect him? 7If you do right, what good do you bring him, what does he receive at your hand? 8Your wickedness touches only your fellow-creatures; any right you do affects none but other mortals.

9People cry out under the weight of oppression and call for help against the power of the great; 10but none of them asks, ‘Where is God, my Maker, who gives protection by night, 11who grants us more knowledge than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?’ 12So, when they cry out, he does not answer, because they are proud and wicked. 13All to no purpose! God does not listen, the Almighty takes no notice.

14The worse for you when you say you do not see him! Humble yourself b 35:14 Humble yourself: prob. rdg; Heb. Judge. in his presence and wait for his word. 15But now, because God does not grow angry and punish, because he lets folly pass unheeded, 16Job gives vent to windy nonsense; he babbles a stream of empty words.

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a 35:4 three: so Gk; Heb. omits.

b 35:14 Humble yourself: prob. rdg; Heb. Judge.

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