Job 22
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2“Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?2"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?3What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
4“Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you, And enters into judgment with you?4"Is it for your piety that he rebukes you and brings charges against you?
5Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquity without end?5Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless?
6For you have taken pledges from your brother for no reason, And stripped the naked of their clothing.6You demanded security from your relatives for no reason; you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.
7You have not given the weary water to drink, And you have withheld bread from the hungry.7You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry,
8But the mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it.8though 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.9And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless.
10Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you,10That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril 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 in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!
13And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?13Yet you say, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?
14Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, And He walks above the circle of heaven.’14Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.'
15Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod,15Will you keep to the old path that the wicked have trod?
16Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?16They were carried off before their time, their foundations washed away by a flood.
17They said to God, ‘Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?’17They said to God, 'Leave us alone! 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.18Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.
19“The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them:19The righteous see their ruin and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying,
20‘Surely our adversaries are cut down, And the fire consumes their remnant.’20Surely our foes are destroyed, and fire devours their wealth.'
21“Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.21"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
22Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.22Accept instruction from his mouth and lay 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 restored: If you remove wickedness 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 assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,
25Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver;25then the Almighty will be your gold, 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 find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to 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.
28You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.28What you decide on will be done, 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 one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
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