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Job 22 NIV


1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

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2 “Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?

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3 What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?

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4 “Is it for your piety that he rebukes you and brings charges against you?

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5 Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless?

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      6 You demanded security from your relatives for no reason; you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.

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      7 You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry,

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      8 though you were a powerful man, owning land— an honored man, living on it.

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      9 And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless.

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      10 That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you,

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      11 why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.

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      12 “Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

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      13 Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?

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      14 Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.’

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      15 Will you keep to the old path that the wicked have trod?

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      16 They were carried off before their time, their foundations washed away by a flood.

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      17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?’

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      18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

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      19 The righteous see their ruin and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying,

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      20 ‘Surely our foes are destroyed, and fire devours their wealth.’

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      21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

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      22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.

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      23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent
      24 and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,

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      25 then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you.

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      26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

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      27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

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      28 What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.

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      29 When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast.

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      30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

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