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AGAIN Elihu spoke, and said,
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Do you think you were justified in saying, I have been found blameless by God?
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If you have said it, what advantage will it be to you?
And what should I gain if I should condemn you?
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I will answer you with words, you and your friends with you.
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Look to the heavens, and observe the clouds which are higher than you.
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If you sin, what difference does it make to him?
And if your iniquities be multiplied, what does it matter to him?
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If you are righteous, what do you give to him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?
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Your wickedness is to yourself;
and your righteousness is to yourself.
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Because of the multitude of oppressions men howl;
and many cry out because of iniquity.
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And none says, Where is God my Maker, who gives counsel in the night,
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Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of the air?
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They cry, but he does not answer them,
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Because God does not hear the empty pride of evildoers, nor does he praise it.
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Although you have said, I will not praise him, plead before him and supplicate before him.
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For now he does not punish with his anger;
and he does not harm any soul.
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Therefore Job has spoken in vain;
he multiplies words without knowledge.