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Job 35

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 1 Elihu spoke moreover, and said,

 2 "Do you think this is right, that you have said, 'My righteousness is more than God's?'

 3 Because you said, 'What advantage will it be to you?' and, 'What profit shall I have, if I am cleansed from my sin?'

 4 I will answer you, and your companions with you.

 5 Look to the heavens and see; behold the clouds which are higher than you.

 6 If you sin, what do you do against Him? Or if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?

 7 If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?

 8 Your wickedness can only affect a man such as yourself; and your righteousness may only be of benefit to men.

 9 The people cry out because of the many oppressions they suffer; they cry out because of the arm of the mighty.

 10 But none say, 'Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

 11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?'

 12 There they cry, but He does not answer them because of the pride of evil men.1

 13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

 14 Although you say you shall not see Him, yet justice is before Him; therefore trust in Him.

 15 But now, because He has not visited evil in his anger and seems to ignore wrongdoing and oppression,

 16 Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without knowledge."


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1 So does God hear the prayer of sinners, who have no intention of trying their best to reform their evil ways? No, he does not. God is not there to serve the evil man's lusts, pleasures, covetousness, greed, and immorality. God is there to help a man amend his ways, if the man is sincere in his mourning for his being poor in God's spirit: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Mat 5:4. Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 5:3.

But what about the sinners in the churches who pray to God and get answers to their prayers, at least on rare occasions? Even the little dogs receive the children's crumbs under the table; to someone who is ignorant of their sinful ways, God will answer an occasional prayer. But if God consistently answered a sinful man's prayers, what incentive would that man have for ever seeking God's righteousness or God's will to be done by that man, with God controlling his thoughts, words, and deeds? There would be no incentive; the man would think he had it all with nothing missing and nothing to be gained.

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