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Other Versions22  Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great

22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2“Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself. 3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless? 4Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you and enters into judgment with you? 5Is not your evil abundant? There is no end to your iniquities. 6For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothing and stripped the naked of their clothing. 7You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8The man with power possessed the land, and the favored man lived in it. 9You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless were crushed. 10Therefore snares are all around you, and sudden terror overwhelms you, 11or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

12“Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are! 13But you say, ‘What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness? 14Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see, and he walks on the vault of heaven.’ 15Will you keep to the old way that 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?’[1] 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 one mocks at them, 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 you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents, 24if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed, 25then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver. 26For then 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 when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’;[2] but he saves the lowly. 30He delivers even the one who is not innocent,[3] who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

[1] Hebrew them  [2] Or you say, ‘It is exaltation’  [3] Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew him that is not innocent

23 Job Replies: Where Is God?

23:1 Then Job answered and said:

2“Today also my complaint is bitter;[4] my hand is heavy on account of my groaning. 3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! 4I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me. 6Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me. 7There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.

8“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; 9on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. 10But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. 11My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. 12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. 13But he is unchangeable,[5] and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does. 14For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind. 15Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him. 16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; 17yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.

[4] Or defiant  [5] Or one

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