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Chapter
Job 22

Book of Job - Chapter 22

Job 22:1

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,

Job 22:2

"Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.

Job 22:3

Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?

Job 22:4

Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?

Job 22:5

Isn't your wickedness great? Neither is there any end to your iniquities.

Job 22:6

For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

Job 22:7

You haven't given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.

Job 22:8

But as for the mighty man, he had the earth. The honorable man, he lived in it.

Job 22:9

You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

Job 22:10

Therefore snares are around you. Sudden fear troubles you,

Job 22:11

or darkness, so that you can not see, and floods of waters cover you.

Job 22:12

"Isn't God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!

Job 22:13

You say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?

Job 22:14

Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he doesn't see. He walks on the vault of the sky.'

Job 22:15

Will you keep the old way, which wicked men have trodden,

Job 22:16

who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream,

Job 22:17

who said to God, 'Depart from us;' and, 'What can the Almighty do for us?'

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 it, and are glad. The innocent ridicule them,

Job 22:20

saying, 'Surely those who rose up against us are cut off. The fire has consumed the remnant of them.'

Job 22:21

"Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace. Thereby good shall come to you.

Job 22:22

Please receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Job 22:23

If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.

Job 22:24

Lay your treasure in the dust, the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.

Job 22:25

The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you.

Job 22:26

For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.

Job 22:27

You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you. You shall pay your vows.

Job 22:28

You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.

Job 22:29

When they cast down, you shall say, 'be lifted up.' He will save the humble person.

Job 22:30

He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."