|Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:||THE THIRD DIALOGUE. Jb.22.1-27.23. Eliphaz. Jb.22.1-30|
|"Can a man be profitable to God? |
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
|Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, |
or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
|Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you, |
and enters into judgment with you?
|Is not your wickedness great? |
There is no end to your iniquities.
|For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothing, |
and stripped the naked of their clothing.
|You have given no water to the weary to drink, |
and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
|The man with power possessed the land, |
and the favored man dwelt in it.
|You have sent widows away empty, |
and the arms of the fatherless were crushed.
|Therefore snares are round about you, |
and sudden terror overwhelms you;
|your light is darkened, so that you cannot see, |
and a flood of water covers you.
|"Is not God high in the heavens? |
See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
|Therefore you say, 'What does God know? |
Can he judge through the deep darkness?
|Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see, |
and he walks on the vault of heaven.'
|Will you keep to the old way |
which wicked men have trod?
|They were snatched away before their time; |
their foundation was washed away.
|They said to God, 'Depart from us,'|
and 'What can the Almighty do to us?'
|Yet he filled their houses with good things -|
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
|The righteous see it and are glad; |
the innocent laugh them to scorn,
|saying, 'Surely our adversaries are cut off, |
and what they left the fire has consumed.'
|"Agree with God, and be at peace; |
thereby good will come to you.
|Receive instruction from his mouth, |
and lay up his words in your heart.
|If you return to the Almighty and humble yourself, |
if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
|if you lay gold in the dust, |
and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed,
|and if the Almighty is your gold, |
and your precious silver;
|then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, |
and lift up your face to God.
|You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you; |
and you will pay your vows.
|You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, |
and light will shine on your ways.
|For God abases the proud, |
but he saves the lowly.
|He delivers the innocent man; |
you will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
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