Job 22
Holman Christian Standard BibleInternational Standard Version
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 1Then in response, Eliphaz from Teman said:
2Can a man be of any use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him? 2"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?
3Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does He profit if you perfect your behavior? 3Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?
4Does He correct you and take you to court because of your piety? 4Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?
5Isn't your wickedness abundant and aren't your iniquities endless? 5Your wickedness is great, isn't it? There's no limit to your iniquity, is there?
6For you took collateral from your brothers without cause, stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked. 6"After all, you've taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.
7You gave no water to the thirsty and withheld food from the famished, 7You've neglected to give water to the weary, and you've withheld food from the hungry.
8while the land belonged to a powerful man and an influential man lived on it. 8The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it.
9You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed. 9You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans.
10Therefore snares surround you, and sudden dread terrifies you, 10That's why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you,
11or darkness, so you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you. 11you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."
12Isn't God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars--how lofty they are! 12"Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!
13Yet you say: "What does God know? Can He judge through thick darkness? 13You've asked, 'What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'
14Clouds veil Him so that He cannot see, as He walks on the circle of the sky." 14Thick clouds cover him so he can't see as he walks back and forth at heaven's horizon.
15Will you continue on the ancient path that wicked men have walked? 15"Will you keep walking on the traditional path that sinners have tread,
16They were snatched away before their time, and their foundations were washed away by a river. 16who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was 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 told God, 'Get away from us!' and 'What will the Almighty do to them?'
18But it was He who filled their houses with good things. The counsel of the wicked is far from me! 18"Though God fills their houses with good things, the counsel of the wicked will remain far from me.
19The righteous see this and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying, 19The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,
20"Surely our opponents are destroyed, and fire has consumed what they left behind." 20Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what's left of their riches."
21Come to terms with God and be at peace; in this way good will come to you. 21"Get to know God, and you'll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.
22Receive instruction from His mouth, and place His sayings in your heart. 22Accept what he has to teach you, and treasure his words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty, you will be renewed. If you banish injustice from your tent 23"If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.
24and consign your gold to the dust, the gold of Ophir to the stones in the wadis, 24Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold among the stones in a streambed,
25the Almighty will be your gold and your finest silver. 25and then the Almighty will be your gold and your refined silver.
26Then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God. 26"Then you'll take delight in the Almighty; and will turn your face toward God.
27You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows. 27You'll entreat him and he'll listen to you as you fulfill your vows.
28When you make a decision, it will be carried out, and light will shine on your ways. 28When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.
29When others are humiliated and you say, "Lift them up," God will save the humble. 29"For when they're humbled, you may respond; 'It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.
30He will even rescue the guilty one, who will be rescued by the purity of your hands. 30He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."
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