Sin’s impact

Elihu continued:
Do you think it right?
You say, “I’m more just than God.”
Yet you ask, “What does it benefit you?
What have I gained by avoiding sin?”
I’ll answer you,
and your friends along with you.
Look at the heavens and see;
scan the clouds high over you.
If you’ve sinned, how have you affected God?
Your offenses have multiplied;
what have you done to him?
If you are righteous,
what do you give to him?
Or what does he receive from your hand?
Your evil affects others like you,
and your righteousness affects fellow human beings.
People cry out because of heavy oppression;
shout under the power of the mighty.
10 But no one says, “Where is God my maker;
who gives songs in the night;
11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?”
12 Then they cry out; but he doesn’t answer,
because of the pride of the wicked.
13 God certainly doesn’t respond to a deceitful cry;
the Almighty doesn’t pay attention to it.
14 Although you say that you don’t see him,
the case is before him;
so wait anxiously for him.
15 Even though his anger is now held back,
a person doesn’t know it’s only delayed.[a]
16 So Job mouths emptiness;
he piles up ignorant words.


  1. Job 35:15 Heb uncertain