Job 22
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered: 1Then in response, Eliphaz from Teman said:
2"Is it to God that a strong man is of benefit? Is it to him that even a wise man is profitable? 2"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?
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? 3Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?
4Is it because of your piety that he rebukes you and goes to judgment with you? 4Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?
5Is not your wickedness great and is there no end to your iniquity? 5Your wickedness is great, isn't it? There's no limit to your iniquity, is there?
6"For you took pledges from your brothers for no reason, and you stripped the clothing from the naked. 6"After all, you've taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.
7You gave the weary no water to drink and from the hungry you withheld food. 7You've neglected to give water to the weary, and you've withheld food from the hungry.
8Although you were a powerful man, owning land, an honored man living on it, 8The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it.
9you sent widows away empty-handed, and the arms of the orphans you crushed. 9You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans.
10That is why snares surround you, and why sudden fear terrifies you, 10That's why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you,
11why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you. 11you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."
12"Is not God on high in heaven? And see the lofty stars, how high they are! 12"Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!
13But you have said, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such deep darkness? 13You've asked, 'What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'
14Thick clouds are a veil for him, so he does not see us, as he goes back and forth in the vault of heaven.' 14Thick clouds cover him so he can't see as he walks back and forth at heaven's horizon.
15Will you keep to the old path that evil men have walked--15"Will you keep walking on the traditional path that sinners have tread,
16men who were carried off before their time, when the flood was poured out on their foundations? 16who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was swept away by a river?
17They were saying to God, 'Turn away from us,' 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--yet the counsel of the wicked was 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 their destruction and rejoice; the innocent mock them scornfully, saying, 19The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,
20Surely our enemies are destroyed, and fire consumes their wealth.' 20Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what's left of their riches."
21"Reconcile yourself with God, and be at peace with him; in this way your prosperity will be good. 21"Get to know God, and you'll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.
22Accept instruction from his mouth and store up his words 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 built up; if you remove wicked behavior far from your tent, 23"If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.
24and throw your gold in the dust--your gold of Ophir among the rocks in the ravines--24Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold among the stones in a streambed,
25then the Almighty himself will be your gold, and the choicest silver for you. 25and then the Almighty will be your gold and your refined silver.
26Surely then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and will lift up your face toward 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 to him. 27You'll entreat him and he'll listen to you as you fulfill your vows.
28Whatever you decide on a matter, it will be established for you, 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 people are brought low and you say 'Lift them up!' then he will save the downcast; 29"For when they're humbled, you may respond; 'It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.
30he will deliver even someone who is not innocent, who will escape through the cleanness of your hands." 30He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."
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