Then Eliphaz the Temaniteanswered and said ,
Can a man be profitable unto God,as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous ? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy waysperfect ?
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?5
Is not thy wickednessgreat? and thine iniquitiesinfinite?6
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the nakeda of their clothing.7
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink , and thou hast withholdenbread from the hungry.8
But as for the mightybman, he had the earth; and the honourable mandwelt in it.
Thou hast sentwidows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken .
Therefore snares are round about thee, and suddenfeartroubleth thee;
Or darkness, that thou canst not see ; and abundance of waterscover thee.
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars,c how high they are!
And thou sayest , How doth Godknow ? 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 oldway which wickedmen have trodden ?
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 Almightydo for them?
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
The righteoussee it, and are glad : and the innocent laugh them to scorn .
20Whereas our substanced is not cut down , but the remnant of them the fireconsumeth .
21Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace :e thereby good shall come unto thee.
22Receive , 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 awayiniquityfar from thy tabernacles.24
Then shalt thou lay upgoldasdust,f and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.25
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence,g and thou shalt have plenty of silver.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 humblehperson.30
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.