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Eliphaz shews that man's goodness profits not God.
22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,22:2 “Can a man be profitable to God?
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous?
Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?
22:4 Is it for your piety that he reproves you,
that he enters with you into judgment?
He accuses Job of divers sins.
22:5 Isn’t your wickedness great?
Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
22:6 For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing,
and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22:7 You haven’t given water to the weary to drink,
and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth.
The honorable man, he lived in it.
22:9 You have sent widows away empty,
and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10 Therefore snares are around you.
Sudden fear troubles you,
22:11 or darkness, so that you can not see,
and floods of waters cover you.
22:12 “Isn’t God in the heights of heaven?
See the height of the stars, how high they are!
22:13 You say,‘What does God know?
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he doesn’t see.
He walks on the vault of the sky.’
22:15 Will you keep the old way,
which wicked men have trodden,
22:16 who were snatched away before their time,
whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
22:17 who said to God,‘Depart from us;’and,‘What can the Almighty do for us?’
22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things,
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad.
The innocent ridicule them,
22:20 saying,‘Surely those who rose up against us are cut off.
The fire has consumed the remnant of them.’
He exhorts him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
22:21 “Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace.
Thereby good shall come to you.
22:22 Please receive instruction from his mouth,
and lay up his words in your heart.
22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up,
if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
22:24 Lay your treasure in the dust,
the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
22:25 The Almighty will be your treasure,
and precious silver to you.
22:26 For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and shall lift up your face to God.
22:27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you.
You shall pay your vows.
22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you.
Light shall shine on your ways.
22:29 When they cast down, you shall say,‘be lifted up.’He will save the humble person.
22:30 He will even deliver him who is not innocent.
Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”