Job 35
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1  Moreover Elihu answered and said:

א  וַיַּעַן אֱלִיהוּ וַיֹּאמַר.

2  Thinkest thou this to be thy right, or sayest thou: ‘I am righteousness before God’,

ב  הֲזֹאת חָשַׁבְתָּ לְמִשְׁפָּט אָמַרְתָּ צִדְקִי מֵאֵל.

3  That thou inquirest: ‘What advantage will it be unto Thee?’ And: ‘What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’

ג  כִּי תֹאמַר מַה יִּסְכָּן לָךְ מָה אֹעִיל מֵחַטָּאתִי.

4  I will give thee answer, and thy companions with thee.

ד  אֲנִי אֲשִׁיבְךָ מִלִּין וְאֶת רֵעֶיךָ עִמָּךְ.

5  Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the skies, which are higher than thou.

ה  הַבֵּט שָׁמַיִם וּרְאֵה וְשׁוּר שְׁחָקִים גָּבְהוּ מִמֶּךָּ.

6  If thou hast sinned, what doest thou against Him? And if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?

ו  אִם חָטָאתָ מַה תִּפְעָל בּוֹ וְרַבּוּ פְשָׁעֶיךָ מַה תַּעֲשֶׂה לּוֹ.

7  If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him? Or what receiveth He of thy hand?

ז  אִם צָדַקְתָּ מַה תִּתֶּן לוֹ אוֹ מַה מִּיָּדְךָ יִקָּח.

8  Thy wickedness concerneth a man as thou art; and thy righteousness a son of man.

ח  לְאִישׁ כָּמוֹךָ רִשְׁעֶךָ וּלְבֶן אָדָם צִדְקָתֶךָ.

9  By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

ט  מֵרֹב עֲשׁוּקִים יַזְעִיקוּ יְשַׁוְּעוּ מִזְּרוֹעַ רַבִּים.

10  But none saith: ‘Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs 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 giveth songs in the night

The Hebrew word for song, ‘zemer,’ has another meaning as well, to remove extraneous branches from a tree, or to prune. The connection is not initially very 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 focus its nutritional resources. So too, music is not the collection of randomly collected notes. One must ‘prune’ extraneous sounds to be left with a beautiful song. This same principle can be applied to our own lives for in order to properly transform our entire lives into holy song, we must remove the burdensome elements of our character.

Comment

11  Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?’

יא  מַלְּפֵנוּ מִבַּהֲמוֹת אָרֶץ וּמֵעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם יְחַכְּמֵנוּ.

12  There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

יב  שָׁם יִצְעֲקוּ וְלֹא יַעֲנֶה מִפְּנֵי גְּאוֹן רָעִים.

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

יג  אַךְ שָׁוְא לֹא יִשְׁמַע אֵל וְשַׁדַּי לֹא יְשׁוּרֶנָּה.

14  Yea, when thou sayest thou canst not see Him–the cause is before Him; therefore wait thou for Him.

יד  אַף כִּי תֹאמַר לֹא תְשׁוּרֶנּוּ דִּין לְפָנָיו וּתְחוֹלֵל לוֹ.

15  And now, is it for nought that He punished in His anger? And hath He not full knowledge of arrogance?

טו  וְעַתָּה כִּי אַיִן פָּקַד אַפּוֹ וְלֹא יָדַע בַּפַּשׁ מְאֹד.

16  But Iyov doth open his mouth in vanity; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

טז  וְאִיּוֹב הֶבֶל יִפְצֶה פִּיהוּ בִּבְלִי דַעַת מִלִּין יַכְבִּר.

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Job 35