1 Elihu said in reply:
א וַיַּעַן אֱלִיהוּ וַיֹּאמַר׃
2 Do you think it just To say, “I am right against Hashem”?
ב הֲזֹאת חָשַׁבְתָּ לְמִשְׁפָּט אָמַרְתָּ צִדְקִי מֵאֵל׃
3 If you ask how it benefits you, “What have I gained from not sinning?”
ג כִּי־תֹאמַר מַה־יִּסְכָּן־לָךְ מָה־אֹעִיל מֵחַטָּאתִי׃
4 I shall give you a reply, You, along with your friends.
ד אֲנִי אֲשִׁיבְךָ מִלִּין וְאֶת־רֵעֶיךָ עִמָּךְ׃
5 Behold the heavens and see; Look at the skies high above you.
ה הַבֵּט שָׁמַיִם וּרְאֵה וְשׁוּר שְׁחָקִים גָּבְהוּ מִמֶּךָּ׃
6 If you sin, what do you do to Him? If your transgressions are many, How do you affect Him?
ו אִם־חָטָאתָ מַה־תִּפְעָל־בּוֹ וְרַבּוּ פְשָׁעֶיךָ מַה־תַּעֲשֶׂה־לּוֹ׃
7 If you are righteous, What do you give Him; What does He receive from your hand?
ז אִם־צָדַקְתָּ מַה־תִּתֶּן־לוֹ אוֹ מַה־מִיָּדְךָ יִקָּח׃
8 Your wickedness affects men like yourself; Your righteousness, mortals.
ח לְאִישׁ־כָּמוֹךָ רִשְׁעֶךָ וּלְבֶן־אָדָם צִדְקָתֶךָ׃
9 Because of contention the oppressed cry out; They shout because of the power of the great.
ט מֵרֹב עֲשׁוּקִים יַזְעִיקוּ יְשַׁוְּעוּ מִזְּרוֹעַ רַבִּים׃
10 But none says, “Where is my God, my Maker, Who gives strength in the night;
v’-LO a-MAR a-YAY e-LO-ah o-SAI no-TAYN z’-mee-ROT ba-LAI-lah
י וְלֹא־אָמַר אַיֵּה אֱלוֹהַּ עֹשָׂי נֹתֵן זְמִרוֹת בַּלָּיְלָה׃
35:10 Who gives strength in the night
The Hebrew word for ‘strength’ in this verse is zemirot (זמירות). This word generally means ‘songs’, but its root (ז-מ-ר) also has another meaning: To prune a tree and remove its extraneous branches. The connection between these words is not initially obvious, but as the “mother of all languages,” Hebrew words often get to the very essence of the object they are describing. A tree thrives when its heavy branches and extraneous foliage are clipped, so that it can most effectively apply its nutritional resources. Though it may seem that cutting a tree weakens it, this process actually strengthens it. Similarly, music is not merely a collection of randomly collected notes. To be left with a beautiful song, one must “prune” extraneous sounds. This same principle can be applied to our lives; in order to properly strengthen ourselves and transform our entire existence into holy song, we must remove the burdensome elements of our character.Comment
11 Who gives us more knowledge than the beasts of the earth, Makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?”
יא מַלְּפֵנוּ מִבַּהֲמוֹת אָרֶץ וּמֵעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם יְחַכְּמֵנוּ׃
12 Then they cry out, but He does not respond Because of the arrogance of evil men.
יב שָׁם יִצְעֲקוּ וְלֹא יַעֲנֶה מִפְּנֵי גְּאוֹן רָעִים׃
13 Surely it is false that Hashem does not listen, That Shaddai does not take note of it.
יג אַךְ־שָׁוְא לֹא־יִשְׁמַע אֵל וְשַׁדַּי לֹא יְשׁוּרֶנָּה׃
14 Though you say, “You do not take note of it,” The case is before Him; So wait for Him.
יד אַף כִּי־תֹאמַר לֹא תְשׁוּרֶנּוּ דִּין לְפָנָיו וּתְחוֹלֵל לוֹ׃
15 But since now it does not seem so, He vents his anger; He does not realize that it may be long drawn out.
טו וְעַתָּה כִּי־אַיִן פָּקַד אַפּוֹ וְלֹא־יָדַע בַּפַּשׁ מְאֹד׃