Job 22
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2Can a man be of any use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him? 2“Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?
3Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does He profit if you perfect your behavior? 3Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless?
4Does He correct you and take you to court because of your piety? 4Is it for your reverence that He rebukes you and enters into judgment against you?
5Isn't your wickedness abundant and aren't your iniquities endless? 5Is not your wickedness great? Are not your iniquities endless?
6For you took collateral from your brothers without cause, stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked. 6For you needlessly demanded security from your brothers, stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked.
7You gave no water to the thirsty and withheld food from the famished, 7You gave no water to the weary, and you withheld food from the famished,
8while the land belonged to a powerful man and an influential man lived on it. 8while the land belonged to a mighty man, and a man of honor lived on it.
9You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed. 9You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
10Therefore snares surround you, and sudden dread terrifies you, 10Therefore snares surround you, and sudden peril terrifies you;
11or darkness, so you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you. 11it is so dark you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
12Isn't God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars--how lofty they are! 12Is not God as high as the heavens? Look at the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13Yet you say: "What does God know? Can He judge through thick darkness? 13Yet you say: ’What does God know? Does He judge through thick darkness?
14Clouds veil Him so that He cannot see, as He walks on the circle of the sky." 14Clouds veil Him so that He cannot see, as He traverses heaven’s horizon.’
15Will you continue on the ancient path that wicked men have walked? 15Will you stay on the ancient path that wicked men have trod?
16They were snatched away before their time, and their foundations were washed away by a river. 16They were snatched away before their time, and their foundations were swept away by a river.
17They were the ones who said to God, "Leave us alone!" and "What can the Almighty do to us?" 17They said to God, ’Depart from us. What can the Almighty do to us?’
18But it was He who filled their houses with good things. The counsel of the wicked is far from me! 18But it was He who filled their houses with good things; so I stay far from the counsel of the wicked.
19The righteous see this and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying, 19The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent mock them:
20"Surely our opponents are destroyed, and fire has consumed what they left behind." 20’Surely our foes are destroyed, and fire has consumed their excess.’
21Come to terms with God and be at peace; in this way good will come to you. 21Reconcile now and be at peace with Him; thereby good will come to you.
22Receive instruction from His mouth, and place His sayings in your heart. 22Receive instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty, you will be renewed. If you banish injustice from your tent 23If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored. If you remove injustice from your tents
24and consign your gold to the dust, the gold of Ophir to the stones in the wadis, 24and consign your gold to the dust and the gold of Ophir to the stones of the ravines,
25the Almighty will be your gold and your finest silver. 25then the Almighty will be your gold and the finest silver for you.
26Then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God. 26Surely then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.
27You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows. 27You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
28When you make a decision, it will be carried out, and light will shine on your ways. 28Your decisions will be carried out, and light will shine on your ways.
29When others are humiliated and you say, "Lift them up," God will save the humble. 29When men are brought low and you say, ’Lift them up,’ then He will save the lowly.
30He will even rescue the guilty one, who will be rescued by the purity of your hands. 30He will deliver even one who is not innocent and rescue him through the cleanness of your hands.”
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