Job 22
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then in response, Eliphaz from Teman said:
2“Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?2"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?
3Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous? Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?3Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?
4Is it because you’re so pious that he accuses you and brings judgment against you?4Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?
5No, it’s because of your wickedness! There’s no limit to your sins.5Your wickedness is great, isn't it? There's no limit to your iniquity, is there?
6“For example, you must have lent money to your friend and demanded clothing as security. Yes, you stripped him to the bone.6"After all, you've taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.
7You must have refused water for the thirsty and food for the hungry.7You've neglected to give water to the weary, and you've withheld food from the hungry.
8You probably think the land belongs to the powerful and only the privileged have a right to it!8The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it.
9You must have sent widows away empty-handed and crushed the hopes of orphans.9You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans.
10That is why you are surrounded by traps and tremble from sudden fears.10That's why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you,
11That is why you cannot see in the darkness, and waves of water cover you.11you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."
12“God is so great—higher than the heavens, higher than the farthest stars.12"Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!
13But you reply, ‘That’s why God can’t see what I am doing! How can he judge through the thick darkness?13You've asked, 'What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'
14For thick clouds swirl about him, and he cannot see us. He is way up there, walking on the vault of heaven.’14Thick clouds cover him so he can't see as he walks back and forth at heaven's horizon.
15“Will you continue on the old paths where evil people have walked?15"Will you keep walking on the traditional path that sinners have tread,
16They were snatched away in the prime of life, the foundations of their lives washed away.16who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was swept away by a river?
17For they said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?’17They told God, 'Get away from us!' and 'What will the Almighty do to them?'
18Yet he was the one who filled their homes with good things, so I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.18"Though God fills their houses with good things, the counsel of the wicked will remain far from me.
19“The righteous will be happy to see the wicked destroyed, and the innocent will laugh in contempt.19The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,
20They will say, ‘See how our enemies have been destroyed. The last of them have been consumed in the fire.’20Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what's left of their riches."
21“Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you.21"Get to know God, and you'll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.
22Listen to his instructions, and store them 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 restored— so clean up your life.23"If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.
24If you give up your lust for money and throw your precious gold into the river,24Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold among the stones in a streambed,
25the Almighty himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver!25and then the Almighty will be your gold and your refined silver.
26“Then you will take delight in the Almighty and look up to 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.
28You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.28When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.
29If people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’ God will save them.29"For when they're humbled, you may respond; 'It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.
30Even sinners will be rescued; they will be rescued because your hands are pure.”30He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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