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Job 22

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 Can a man be of use to the Mighty God, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways perfect?
4 Is it because of your reverence that He corrects you, and enters into judgment with you?
5 Is not your wickedness great, and your iniquities without end?
6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for no reason, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given the weary water to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But the man of strength possesses the land, and the honorable man dwells in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty, and crushed the arms of the fatherless.
10 Therefore snares are all around you, and sudden dread terrifies you;
11 or darkness so that you cannot see; and an abundance of water covers you.
12 Is not God in the height of the heavens? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 And you say, What does the Mighty God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?
14 Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, and He walks above the circle of the heavens.
15 Will you keep to the old way which wicked men have trod,
16 who were snatched away before their time, whose foundations were poured out by the flood?
17 They said to the Mighty God, Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?
18 Yet He filled their houses with good things. But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous see it and are glad, and the innocent have them in derision:
20 Surely, are not our adversaries cut down; and the fire consumes their remnant.
21 Now be useful to Him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come to you.
22 Receive, now, the Law from His mouth, and lay up His Words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up; you shall remove injustice far from your tents.
24 Then you shall lay up your gold as the dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty will be your gold and your esteemed silver;
26 for then you shall have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face unto God.
27 You shall make your supplication to Him, He will hear you, and you shall make good your vows.
28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be confirmed for you; and light shall shine on your ways.
29 When you have been made low, then you will say in your heart, It was pride. Then He will save the lowly of eyes.
30 He will deliver one who is not innocent; yea, he will deliver by the purity of your hands.
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