Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
Can a man be of [any] use to God? Can even a wise man be of use to Him?
Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does He profit if you perfect your behavior?a4
Does He correct you and take you to court because of your piety?b5
Isn't your wickedness abundant and aren't your iniquities endless?
For you took collateral from your brothers without cause, stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked.c7
You gave no water to the thirsty and withheld food from the famished,d8
while the land belonged to a powerful man and an influential man lived on it.
You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless wase crushed.f10
Therefore snares surround you, and sudden dread terrifies you,g11
or darkness, so you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.h12
Isn't God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars-how lofty they are!i13
Yet you say: "What does God know? Can He judge through thick darkness?j14
Clouds veil Himk so that He cannot see, as He walks on the circle of the sky."
Will you continue on the ancient path that wicked men have walked?
They were snatched away before their time, and their foundations were washed away by a river.
They were the ones who said to God, "Leave us alone!" and "What can the Almighty do to us?"lm18
But it was He who filled their houses with good things. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!n19
The righteous see [this] and rejoice; the innocent mock them, [saying],o20
"Surely our opponents are destroyed, and fire has consumed what they left behind."
Come to terms with God and be at peace;p in this wayq good will come to you.
Receive instruction from His mouth, and place His sayings in your heart.r23
If you return to the Almighty, you will be renewed. If you banish injustice from your tents24
and consign your gold to the dust, [the gold of] Ophirt to the stones in the wadis,u25
the Almighty will be your gold and your finest silver.
Then you will delight inv the Almighty and lift up your face to God.w27
You will pray to Him, and He will hear you,x and you will fulfill your vows.
When you make a decision, it will be carried out,y and light will shine on your ways.z29
When others are humiliated and you say, "Lift [them] up," God will save the humble.aabb30
He will [even] rescue the guilty one, who will be rescued by the purity of your hands.