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Job 22

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Eliphaz shews that man's goodness profits not God.

22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,

22:2 “Can a 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 does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?

22:4 Is it for your piety that he reproves you,
that he enters with you into judgment?

He accuses Job of divers sins.

22:5 Isn’t your wickedness great?
Neither is there any end to your iniquities.

22:6 For you have taken pledges from 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.
The honorable man, he lived in it.

22:9 You have sent widows away empty,
and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

22:10 Therefore snares are around you.
Sudden fear troubles you,

22:11 or 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!

22:13 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 doesn’t see.
He walks on the vault of the sky.’

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;’
‘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.
The innocent ridicule them,

22:20 saying,

‘Surely those who rose up against us are cut off.
The fire has consumed the remnant of them.’

He exhorts him to repentance, with promises of mercy.

22:21 “Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace.
Thereby good shall come to you.

22:22 Please receive instruction from his mouth,
and lay up his words in your heart.

22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up,
if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.

22:24 Lay your treasure in the dust,
the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.

22:25 The Almighty will be your treasure,
and precious silver to you.

22:26 For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and shall lift up your face to God.

22:27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you.
You shall pay your vows.

22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you.
Light shall shine on your ways.

22:29 When they cast down, you shall say,

‘be lifted up.’
He will save the humble person.

22:30 He will even deliver him who is not innocent.
Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

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