Moreover Elihu answered and said,
2 Do you think this is your right,
Or do you say, My righteousness is more than El’s,
3 That you say, What advantage will it be to you?
And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?
4 I will answer you,
And your companions with you.
5 Look to the heavens, and see;
And behold the skies, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you do against him?
And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do unto him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give him?
Or what does he receive of your hand?
8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are;
And your 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 no one says, Where is Eloah my Maker,
Who gives songs in the night.
11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
12 There they cry, but no one gives answer,
Because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely El will not hear an empty cry,
Neither will the Almighty regard it.
14 How much less when you say you behold him not,
The cause is before him, and you wait for him!
15 But now, because he has not visited in his anger,
Neither does he greatly regard arrogance;
16 Therefore does Job open his mouth in vanity;
He multiplies words without knowledge.
Elihu also proceeded, and said,
2 Suffer me a little, and I will show you;
For I have yet something to say on Elohim’s behalf.
3 I will bring my knowledge from afar.
And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false:
One that is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 Behold, El is mighty, and despises not any:
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
6 He preserves not the life of the wicked,
But gives to the afflicted their right.
7 He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous:
But with kings upon the throne
He sets them forever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters,
And be taken in the cords of affliction;
9 Then he shows them their work,
And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
10 He opens also their ear to instruction,
And commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they listen and serve him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,
And their years in pleasures.
12 But if they listen not, they shall perish by the sword,
And they shall die without knowledge.
13 But they that are lawless in heart lay up anger:
They cry not for help when he binds them.
14 They die in youth,
And their life perishes among the unclean.
15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction,
And opens their ear in oppression.
16 Yes, he would have allured you out of distress
Into a broad place, where there is no straitness;
And that which is set on your table would be full of fatness.
17 But you are full of the judgment of the wicked:
Judgment and justice take hold on you.
18 For let not wrath stir you up against chastisements;
Neither let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your cry avail, that you be not in distress,
Or all the forces of your strength?
20 Desire not the night,
When peoples are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity:
For this have you chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, El does loftily in his power:
Who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has enjoined him his way?
Or who can say, You have worked unrighteousness?
24 Remember that you magnify his work,
Of which men have sung.
25 All men have looked on it;
Man beholds it afar off.
26 Behold, El is great, and we know him not;
The number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water,
Which distil in rain from his vapor.
28 Which the skies pour down
And drop upon man abundantly.
29 Also, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds,
The thunderings of his pavilion?
30 Behold, he spreads his light around him;
And he covers the bottom of the sea.
31 For by these he judges the people.
He gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightning,
And gives it a charge that it strike the mark.
33 The noise of it tells concerning him,
The cattle also concerning the storm that comes up.