Bible: Job 22

Eliphaz’s Third Speech 1 

22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

22:2Is it to God that a strong man is of benefit?

Is it to him that even a wise man is profitable? 2 

22:3 Is it of any special benefit 3  to the Almighty

that you should be righteous,

or is it any gain to him

that you make your ways blameless? 4 

22:4 Is it because of your piety 5  that he rebukes you

and goes to judgment with you? 6 

22:5 Is not your wickedness great 7 

and is there no end to your iniquity?

22:6For you took pledges 8  from your brothers

for no reason,

and you stripped the clothing from the naked. 9 

22:7 You gave the weary 10  no water to drink

and from the hungry you withheld food.

22:8 Although you were a powerful man, 11  owning land, 12 

an honored man 13  living on it, 14 

22:9 you sent widows away empty-handed,

and the arms 15  of the orphans you crushed. 16 

22:10 That is why snares surround you,

and why sudden fear terrifies you,

22:11 why it is so dark you cannot see, 17 

and why a flood 18  of water covers you.

22:12Is not God on high in heaven? 19 

And see 20  the lofty stars, 21  how high they are!

22:13 But you have said, ‘What does God know?

Does he judge through such deep darkness? 22 

22:14 Thick clouds are a veil for him, so he does not see us, 23 

as he goes back and forth

in the vault 24  of heaven.’ 25 

22:15 Will you keep to the old path 26 

that evil men have walked

22:16 men 27  who were carried off 28  before their time, 29 

when the flood 30  was poured out 31 

on their foundations? 32 

22:17 They were saying to God, ‘Turn away from us,’

and ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’ 33 

22:18 But it was he 34  who filled their houses

with good things –

yet the counsel of the wicked 35 

was far from me. 36 

22:19 The righteous see their destruction 37  and rejoice;

the innocent mock them scornfully, 38  saying,

22:20Surely our enemies 39  are destroyed,

and fire consumes their wealth.’

22:21Reconcile yourself 40  with God, 41 

and be at peace 42  with him;

in this way your prosperity will be good.

22:22 Accept instruction 43  from his mouth

and store up his words 44  in your heart.

22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; 45 

if you remove wicked behavior far from your tent,

22:24 and throw 46  your gold 47  in the dust

your gold 48  of Ophir

among the rocks in the ravines

22:25 then the Almighty himself will be your gold, 49 

and the choicest 50  silver for you.

22:26 Surely then you will delight yourself 51  in the Almighty,

and will lift up your face toward God.

22:27 You will pray to him and he will hear you,

and you will fulfill your vows to him. 52 

22:28 Whatever you decide 53  on a matter,

it will be established for you,

and light will shine on your ways.

22:29 When people are brought low 54  and you say

Lift them up!’ 55 

then he will save the downcast; 56 

22:30 he will deliver even someone who is not innocent, 57 

who will escape 58  through the cleanness of your hands.”

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