Job, Chapter 22

22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2 Can a [noble] 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 is it gain [to him], that you make your ways perfect?
22:4 Is it for your fear [of him] that he reproves you, That he enters with you into judgment?
22:5 Isn't your wickedness great? Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
22:6 For you have taken pledges of 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; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it.
22:9 You have sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10 Therefore snares are round about you, And sudden fear troubles you,
22:11 Or darkness, so that you can't see, And abundance of waters cover you.
22:12 Isn't God in the height of heaven? And look at the height of the stars, how high they are!
22:13 And 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 does not see; And he walks on the vault of heaven.
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; And the innocent laugh them to scorn,
22:20 [Saying,] Surely those who rose up against us are cut off, And the remnant of them the fire has consumed.
22:21 Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: By this good will come to you.
22:22 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in your heart.
22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up, If you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
22:24 And lay [your] treasure in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
22:25 And the Almighty will be your treasure, And precious silver to you.
22:26 For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, And will lift up your face to God.
22:27 You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you; And you will pay your vows.
22:28 You will also decree a thing, and it will be established to you; And light will shine on your ways.
22:29 When they are cast down, you will say, [There is] lifting up; And the humble person he will save.
22:30 He will deliver [even] him who is not innocent: Yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.

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