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