Job 22
New American Standard Bible 1995King James Bible
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2"Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?2Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4"Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?4Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5"Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?5Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.6For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7"To the weary you have given no water to drink, And from the hungry you have withheld bread.7Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.8But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9"You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.9Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10"Therefore snares surround you, And sudden dread terrifies you,10Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.11Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12"Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13"You say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?13And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15"Will you keep to the ancient path Which wicked men have trod,15Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?16Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
17"They said to God, 'Depart from us!' And 'What can the Almighty do to them?'17Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
18"Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.18Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19"The righteous see and are glad, And the innocent mock them,19The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20Saying, 'Truly our adversaries are cut off, And their abundance the fire has consumed.'20Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
21"Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.21Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.22Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24And place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,24Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25Then the Almighty will be your gold And choice silver to you.25Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26"For then you will delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.26For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
29"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.29When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
30"He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."30He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
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