1 Eliʹhu 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.”