Bible: Job 22
Eliphaz’s Third Speech 1
22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
22:2 “Is 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?
22:6 “For 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.
22:9 you sent widows away empty-handed,
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.
22:12 “Is not God on high in heaven? 19
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
22:15 Will you keep to the old path 26
that evil men have walked –
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,
22:20 ‘Surely our enemies 39 are destroyed,
and fire consumes their wealth.’
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,
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.”