Job 22
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2“Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?2"Is it to God that a strong man is of benefit? Is it to him that even a wise man is profitable?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?3Is it of any special benefit to the Almighty that you should be righteous, or is it any gain to him that you make your ways blameless?
4“Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you, And enters into judgment with you?4Is it because of your piety that he rebukes you and goes to judgment with you?
5Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquity without end?5Is not your wickedness great and is there no end to your iniquity?
6For you have taken pledges from your brother for no reason, And stripped the naked of their clothing.6"For you took pledges from your brothers for no reason, and you stripped the clothing from the naked.
7You have not given the weary water to drink, And you have withheld bread from the hungry.7You gave the weary no water to drink and from the hungry you withheld food.
8But the mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it.8Although you were a powerful man, owning land, an honored man living on it,
9You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the fatherless was crushed.9you sent widows away empty-handed, and the arms of the orphans you crushed.
10Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you,10That is why snares surround you, and why sudden fear terrifies you,
11Or darkness so that you cannot see; And an abundance of water covers you.11why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.
12“Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!12"Is not God on high in heaven? And see the lofty stars, how high they are!
13And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?13But you have said, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such deep darkness?
14Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, And He walks above the circle of heaven.’14Thick clouds are a veil for him, so he does not see us, as he goes back and forth in the vault of heaven.'
15Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod,15Will you keep to the old path that evil men have walked--
16Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?16men who were carried off before their time, when the flood was poured out on their foundations?
17They said to God, ‘Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?’17They were saying to God, 'Turn away from us,' and 'What can the Almighty do to us?'
18Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.18But it was he who filled their houses with good things--yet the counsel of the wicked was far from me.
19“The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them:19The righteous see their destruction and rejoice; the innocent mock them scornfully, saying,
20‘Surely our adversaries are cut down, And the fire consumes their remnant.’20Surely our enemies are destroyed, and fire consumes their wealth.'
21“Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.21"Reconcile yourself with God, and be at peace with him; in this way your prosperity will be good.
22Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.22Accept instruction from his mouth and store up his words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents.23If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; if you remove wicked behavior far from your tent,
24Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.24and throw your gold in the dust--your gold of Ophir among the rocks in the ravines--
25Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver;25then the Almighty himself will be your gold, and the choicest silver for you.
26For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.26Surely then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and will lift up your face toward God.
27You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.27You will pray to him and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him.
28You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.28Whatever you decide on a matter, it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.
29When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person.29When people are brought low and you say 'Lift them up!' then he will save the downcast;
30He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”30he will deliver even someone who is not innocent, who will escape through the cleanness of your hands."
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