¶ Eliu spake moreover, and said: Thinkest thou it right, that thou saidst: I am righteous before God? Seeing thou sayest so, how doest thou know it? What thing hast thou more excellent than I, that I am a sinner? Therefore will I give answer unto thee and thy friends: Look unto the heaven, and behold it: consider the clouds, how they are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou unto him? If thine offenses be many, how gettest thou his favour? If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thy hands? Of such an ungodly person as thou, and of the son of man that is righteous as thou pretendest to be:
¶ there is a great cry and complaint made by them that are oppressed with violence, yea every man complaineth upon the cruel arm of tyrants. For such one never sayeth: Where is God that made me? and that shineth upon us, that we might praise him in the night? Which giveth us more understanding than he doth the beasts of the earth, and teacheth us more than the fouls of heaven. If any such complain, no man giveth answer, and that because of the wickedness of proud tyrants. But if a man call upon God, doth not he hear him? Doth not the almighty accept his cry?
¶ When thou speakest then, should not he pardon thee, if thou open thyself before him, and put thy trust in him? Then useth he no violence in his wrath, neither hath he pleasure in curious and deep inquisitions. Therefore hath Iob opened his mouth but in vain, and foolishly hath he made so many words.