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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    MOREOVER Elihu answered and said,
[2]  Thinkest thou this to be thy right,
Or sayest thou, My righteousness is more than God’s,
[3]  That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee?
And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?
[4]  I will answer thee,
And thy companions with thee.
[5]  Look unto the heavens, and see;
And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.
[6]  If thou hast sinned, what effectest thou against him?
And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
[7]  If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
Or what receiveth he of thy hand?
[8]  Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art;
And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.
 
[9]  By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
[10]  But none saith, Where is God my Maker,
Who giveth songs in the night,
[11]  Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth,
And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
[12]  There they cry, but 1 none giveth answer,
Because of the pride of evil men.
[13]  Surely God will not hear an empty cry,
Neither will the Almighty regard it.
[14]  How much less when thou sayest thou 2 beholdest him not,
The cause is before him, and thou waitest for him!
[15]  But now, because he hath not visited in his anger,
Neither 3 doth he greatly regard arrogance;
[16]  Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vanity;
He multiplieth words without knowledge.
 
Note 1. Or, but he answereth not. [back]
Note 2. Or, thou beholdest him not! The cause is before him; therefore wait thou for him. [back]
Note 3. Or, Thou sayest, He doth not greatly regard arrogance. Thus doth &c. [back]
 

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