Job 22

Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job

Then Eliphaz the Temanite
Lit answered and said
responded,
“Can a vigorous b man be of use to God,
Or a wise man be useful to himself?
Is there any pleasure to
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty if you are righteous,
Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
Is it because of your
Or fear
reverence that He reproves you,
That He e enters into judgment against you?
“Is not f your wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
“For you have g taken pledges of your brothers without cause,
And h stripped
Lit clothing of the naked
men naked.
To the weary you have j given no water to drink,
And from the hungry you have k withheld bread.
But the earth l belongs to the m mighty man,
And n the honorable man dwells in it.
You have sent o widows away empty,
And the
Lit arms
strength of the q orphans has been crushed.
10 Therefore r snares surround you,
And sudden s dread terrifies you,
11 Or t darkness, so that you cannot see,
And an u abundance of water covers you.

12 Is not God v  in the height of heaven?
Look also at the
Lit head, top-most
distant stars, how high they are!
13 You say, ‘ x What does God know?
Can He judge through the thick darkness?
14 y Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
And He walks on the
Lit circle
vault of heaven.’
15 Will you keep to the ancient path
Which aa wicked men have trod,
16 Who were snatched away ab before their time,
Whose ac foundations were
Lit poured out
washed away by a river?
17 “They ae said to God, ‘Depart from us!’
And ‘What can
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty do to them?’
18 “Yet He ag filled their houses with good things;
But ah the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 “The ai righteous see and are glad,
And the innocent mock them,
20  Saying, ‘Truly our adversaries are cut off,
And their
Or excess
abundance ak the fire has consumed.’

21 
Or Know intimately
,
am Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22 Please receive
Or law
,
ao instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23 If you ap return to
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty, you will be
Lit built up
restored;
If you as remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24 And at place your
Lit ore
gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25 Then
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty will be your
Lit ore
gold
And choice silver to you.
26 For then you will ax delight in
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
27 “You will az pray to Him, and ba He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
28 You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And bb light will shine on your ways.
29 When
Lit they cast you down
you are cast down, you will speak with
Lit pride
confidence,
And the
Lit lowly of eyes
,
bf humble person He will save.
30 He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be bg delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

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