1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the nakeda of their clothing.
References for Job 22:6
    • Ù 22:6 - the naked...: Heb. the clothes of the naked
      7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
      8 But as for the mightyb man, he had the earth; and the honourable man* dwelt in it.
      References for Job 22:8
        • Ú 22:8 - mighty...: Heb. man of arm
          9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
          10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
          11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
          12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars,c how high they are!
          References for Job 22:12
            • Û 22:12 - height of the stars: Heb. head of the stars
              13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
              14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
              15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
              16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
              17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for 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 laugh them to scorn.
              20 Whereas our substanced is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
              References for Job 22:20
                • Ü 22:20 - substance: or, estate
                  21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:e thereby good shall come unto thee.
                  References for Job 22:21
                    • Ý 22:21 - him: that is, God
                      22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
                      23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
                      24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust,f and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
                      References for Job 22:24
                        • Þ 22:24 - as dust: or, on the dust
                          25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence,g and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
                          References for Job 22:25
                            • ß 22:25 - defence: or, gold
                              26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
                              27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
                              28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
                              29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humbleh person.
                              References for Job 22:29
                                • à 22:29 - the humble...: Heb. him that hath low eyes
                                  30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.