Moreover Elihu answered and said:
"Do you think this is right?
Do you say,
'My righteousness is more than God's'?
For a you say,
'What advantage will it be to You?
What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'
"I will answer you,
And b your companions with you.
c Look to the heavens and see;
And behold the clouds -
They are higher than you.
If you sin, what do you accomplish d against Him?
Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
e If you are righteous, what do you give Him?
Or what does He receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects a man such as you,
And your righteousness a son of man.
"Because f of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
But no one says, g 'Where is God my Maker,
h Who gives songs in the night,
Who i teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?'
j There they cry out, but He does not answer,
Because of the pride of evil men.
k Surely God will not listen to empty talk,
Nor will the Almighty regard it.
l Although you say you do not see Him,
Yet justice is before Him, and m you must wait for Him.
And now, because He has not n punished in His anger,
Nor taken much notice of folly,
o Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain;
He multiplies words without knowledge."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?
For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God.
Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?
Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be.
Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained.
Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.
"Do they provoke Me to anger?" says the LORD. " Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?"
Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
O my soul, you have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.
"So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'"
"Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?"
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; For He hears the cry of the afflicted.
And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day Because of the fury of the oppressor, When he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, And your lips with rejoicing.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me - A prayer to the God of my life.
I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.
Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds.
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?
Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD, And teach out of Your law.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.
1 Corinthians 2:13
These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to escape; and though they cry out to Me, I will not listen to them.
Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.
If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him.
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.
'Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.'
Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?