1Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:
12"Is not God high in the heavens?
See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13Therefore you say, 'What does God know?
Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see,
and he walks on the vault of heaven.'
15Will you keep to the old way
which wicked men have trod?
16They were snatched away before their time;
their foundation was washed away.
17They said to God, 'Depart from us,'
and 'What can the Almighty do to us?'
18Yet he filled their houses with good things -
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19The righteous see it and are glad;
the innocent laugh them to scorn,
20saying, 'Surely our adversaries are cut off,
and what they left the fire has consumed.'
21"Agree with God, and be at peace;
thereby good will come to you.
22Receive instruction from his mouth,
and lay up his words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty and humble yourself,
if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
24if you lay gold in the dust,
and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed,
25and if the Almighty is your gold,
and your precious silver;
26then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and lift up your face to God.
27You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you;
and you will pay your vows.
28You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you,
and light will shine on your ways.
29For God abases the proud,
but he saves the lowly.
30He delivers the innocent man;
you will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
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