“‘Am I a God nearby?’
‘Am I not a God far off?
Who can hide
In secret places
So that I cannot see them?’
‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’
There seems to be 3 oracles of Yahweh about his power and presence. First God, Yahweh, is near, close, or immanent. Secondly, he is far away, distant or transcendent. People cannot hide in secret places from him, since he can see them wherever they are. Finally, he fills both heaven and earth, since God is both omnipresent and omniscient.
“Look at the heavens!
Observe the clouds!
They are higher than you.
If you have sinned,
What do you accomplish against him?
If your transgressions are multiplied,
What do you do to him?
If you are righteous,
What do you give to him?
What does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects others like you.
Your righteousness affects other human beings.”
Job had no effect on God, because God is transcendent, above it all. When he sinned what did it accomplish? When he offended God, what happened to him? If he was righteous what did it give him? In fact, wickedness affects other human beings more than God. Elihu seems to have a view of God as impassible. He was unmoved whether humans were good or bad.