||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 22 [Commentary] [Map] |
||Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
||"Can a vigorous man be of use to God,
Or a wise man be useful to himself?
||"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous,
Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
||"Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you,
That He enters into judgment against you?
||"Is not your wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
||"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause,
And stripped men naked.
||"To the weary you have given no water to drink,
And from the hungry you have withheld bread.
||"But the earth belongs to the mighty man,
And the honorable man dwells in it.
||"You have sent widows away empty,
And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
||"Therefore snares surround you,
And sudden dread terrifies you,
||Or darkness, so that you cannot see,
And an abundance of water covers you.
||"Is not God in the height of heaven?
Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
||"You say, `What does God know?
Can He judge through the thick darkness?
||`Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
And He walks on the vault of heaven.'
||"Will you keep to the ancient path
Which wicked men have trod,
||Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundations were washed away by a river?
||"They said to God, `Depart from us!'
And `What can the Almighty do to them?'
||"Yet He filled their houses with good things;
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
||"The righteous see and are glad,
And the innocent mock them,
||Saying, `Truly our adversaries are cut off,
And their abundance the fire has consumed.'
||"Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
||"Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
||"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
||And place your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
||Then the Almighty will be your gold
And choice silver to you.
||"For then you will delight in the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
||"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
||"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
||"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence,
And the humble person He will save.
||"He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
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