2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?
2 Do you think it is just when you say,“I am righteous before God”?
2 "Are you saying that it's just for you to claim, "I'm more righteous than God?'
2 Do you think this is your right, or are you saying, My righteousness is more than God's,
3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
3 After all, you've asked what your benefit will be: "What will I profit from refraining from sin?'
3 That you ask, What advantage have you? How am I profited more than if I had sinned?
5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
5 Look at the heavens and see;gaze at the clouds high above you.
5 "Observe the heavens! Take a look around! Look! The clouds are higher than you, aren't they?
5 Look to the heavens and see; and behold the skies which are higher than you.
6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
6 If you sin, how does it affect God?If you multiply your transgressions, what does it do to Him?
6 If you sin, what will that do to harm him? If you add transgression to transgression what will it do to him?
6 If you have sinned, how does that affect God? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what have you done to Him?
7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
7 If you are righteous, what will you add to him? What can God receive from your efforts?
7 If you are righteous, what do you [by that] give God? Or what does He receive from your hand?
8 “Your wickedness is for a man like yourself,And your righteousness is for a son of man.
8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
8 Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,and your righteousness another human being.
8 Your wickedness affects only yourself; and your righteousness, only human beings.
8 Your wickedness touches and affects a man such as you are, and your righteousness is for yourself, one of the human race [but it cannot touch God, Who is above such influence].
9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
9 "They cry out because they have many oppressors; they cry for help because the powerful are abusing them.
9 Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out; they cry for help because of the violence of the mighty.
10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
10 He never asks, "Where is God, my Creator, who gives me songs in the night,
10 But no one says, Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs of rejoicing in the night,
11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
11 who teaches us more than the earth's wild animals, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'
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 none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
12 "They cry out there, but he doesn't answer because of the arrogance of those who practice evil.
12 [The people] cry out because of the pride of evil men, but He does not answer.
13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
13 Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,and the Almighty does not take note of it—
13 Theirs is a useless plea God won't listen; the Almighty won't pay any attention.
13 Surely God will refuse to answer [the cry which is] vanity (vain and empty -- "instead of abiding trust); neither will the Almighty regard it -- "
14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
14 Even though you complain that you can't perceive him, your case is already pending for judgment in his presence so keep on placing your hope in him.
14 How much less when [missing His righteous judgment on earth] you say that you do not see Him, that your cause is before Him, and you are waiting for Him!
15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
15 "So now, if he doesn't inflict punishment in his anger, then he doesn't keep track of your many transgressions.
15 But now because God has not [speedily] punished in His anger and seems to be unaware of the wrong and oppression [of which a person is guilty],
16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
16 When he began speaking, he communicated only worthlessness; he added words upon words without knowing anything."
16 Job uselessly opens his mouth and multiplies words without knowledge [drawing the worthless conclusion that the righteous have no more advantage than the wicked].
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