Job 35

1Elihu continued talking. He said: 2“Job, it is not fair for you to say, 'I am more right than God.’ 3And Job, you ask God, 'What will a person gain if he tries to please God? What good will it do me if I don’t sin?’ 4“Job, I ˻(Elihu)˼ want to answer you and your friends here with you. 5Job, look up at the sky. Look up at the clouds that are higher than you. 6Job, if you sin, it does not hurt God. If you have many sins, that does nothing to God. 7And Job, if you are good, that does not help God. God gets nothing from you. 8Job, the good and bad things you do affect only other people like yourself. ˻They do not help or hurt God.˼ 9“If ˻bad˼ people are being hurt, then they will cry out for help. They go to powerful people and beg them to help them. 10But those bad people will not ask God for help. They will not say, 'Where is the God who made me? God helps people when they are depressed. So where is he? 11God makes us wiser than the birds and animals. ˻So where is he?˼’ 12“Or, if those bad people ask God for help then God will not answer them. Why? Because those people are too proud. They still think they are too important. 13It is true, God won’t listen to their worthless begging. God All-Powerful won’t pay attention to them. 14So Job, God won’t listen to you when you say that you don’t see him. You say you are waiting for your chance to meet with God and prove that you are innocent. 15“Job thinks that God does not punish bad people, He thinks that God does not pay attention to sin. 16So Job continues his worthless talking. Job is acting like he is important. It is easy to see that Job does not know what he is talking about.”

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