| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || MOREOVER Elihu answered and said,|
| ||Thinkest thou this to be thy right,|
Or sayest thou, My righteousness is more than Gods,
| ||That thou sayest, What advantage will it be unto thee?|
And, What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?
| ||I will answer thee,|
And thy companions with thee.
| ||Look unto the heavens, and see;|
And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.
| ||If thou hast sinned, what effectest thou against him?|
And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
| ||If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?|
Or what receiveth he of thy hand?
| ||Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art;|
And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.
| ||By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;|
They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
| ||But none saith, Where is God my Maker,|
Who giveth songs in the night,
| ||Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth,|
And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
| ||There they cry, but 1 none giveth answer,|
Because of the pride of evil men.
| ||Surely God will not hear an empty cry,|
Neither will the Almighty regard it.
| ||How much less when thou sayest thou 2 beholdest him not,|
The cause is before him, and thou waitest for him!
| ||But now, because he hath not visited in his anger,|
Neither 3 doth he greatly regard arrogance;
| ||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]|