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Eliu declares that the good or evil done by man cannot reach God.

[1] Moreover Eliu spoke these words: [2] Doth thy thought seem right to thee, that thou shouldst say: I am more just than God? [3] For thou saidst: That which is right doth not please thee: or what will it profit thee if I sin? [4] Therefore I will answer thy words, and thy friends with thee. [5] Look up to heaven and see, and behold the sky, that it is higher than thee.

[6] If thou sin, what shalt thou hurt him? and if thy iniquities be multiplied, what shalt thou do against him? [7] And if thou do justly, what shalt thou give him, or what shall he receive of thy hand? [8] Thy wickedness may hurt a man that is like thee: and thy justice may help the son of man. [9] By reason of the multitude of oppressions they shall cry out: and shall wail for the violence of the arm of tyrants. [10] And he hath not said: Where is God, who made me, who hath given songs in the night?

[11] Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and instructeth us more than the fowls of the air. [12] There shall they cry, and he will not hear, because of the pride of evil men. [13] God therefore will not hear in vain, and the Almighty will look into the causes of every one. [14] Yea when thou shalt say: He considereth not: be judged before him, and expect him. [15] For he doth not now bring on his fury, neither doth he revenge wickedness exceedingly.

[16] Therefore Job openeth his mouth in vain, and multiplieth words without knowledge.

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