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Job 22

   

Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job

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Job 22:1   Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
   
Job 22:2   "Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?
   
Job 22:3   "Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
   
Job 22:4   "Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?
   
Job 22:5   "Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?
   
Job 22:6   "For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.
   
Job 22:7   "To the weary you have given no water to drink, And from the hungry you have withheld bread.
   
Job 22:8   "But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.
   
Job 22:9   "You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
   
Job 22:10   "Therefore snares surround you, And sudden dread terrifies you,
   
Job 22:11   Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.
   
Job 22:12   "Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
   
Job 22:13   "You say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
   
Job 22:14   'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'
   
Job 22:15   "Will you keep to the ancient path Which wicked men have trod,
   
Job 22:16   Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?
   
Job 22:17   "They said to God, 'Depart from us!' And 'What can the Almighty do to them?'
   
Job 22:18   "Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
   
Job 22:19   "The righteous see and are glad, And the innocent mock them,
   
Job 22:20   Saying, 'Truly our adversaries are cut off, And their abundance the fire has consumed.'
   
Job 22:21   "Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
   
Job 22:22   "Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.
   
Job 22:23   "If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
   
Job 22:24   And place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
   
Job 22:25   Then the Almighty will be your gold And choice silver to you.
   
Job 22:26   "For then you will delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.
   
Job 22:27   "You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.
   
Job 22:28   "You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.
   
Job 22:29   "When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.
   
Job 22:30   "He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
     
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