35 E·liʹhu continued his response:
2 “Are you so convinced that you are right that you would say,
‘I am more righteous than God’?+
3 For you say, ‘What does it matter to you?*
Am I better off than if I had sinned?’+
4 I will reply to you
And to your companions+ with you.
5 Look up to heaven and see,
Observe the clouds,+ which are high above you.
6 If you sin, how do you hurt him?+
If your transgressions multiply, what do you do to him?+
7 If you are righteous, what do you give him;
What does he receive from you?+
8 Your wickedness affects only a human like yourself,
And your righteousness, a son of man.
9 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.”+