Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded ,
"Can a vigorous 1man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?
"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
"Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He 2enters into judgment against you?
"Is not 3your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?
"For you have 4taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And 5stripped men naked.
"To the weary you have 6given no water to drink, And from the hungry you have 7withheld bread.
"But the earth 8belongs to the 9mighty man, And 10the honorable man dwells in it.
"You have sent 11widows away empty, And the strength of the 12orphans has been crushed.
"Therefore 13snares surround you, And sudden 14dread terrifies you,
Or 15darkness, so that you cannot see, And an 16abundance of water covers you.
"Is not God 17in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
"You say, '18What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
'19Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'
"Will you keep to the ancient path Which 20wicked men have trod,
Who were snatched away 21before their time, Whose 22foundations were washed away by a river?
"They 23said to God, 'Depart from us!' And 'What can the Almighty do to them?'
"Yet He 24filled their houses with good things; But 25the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
"The 26righteous see and are glad, And the innocent mock them,
Saying, 'Truly our adversaries are cut off, And their abundance 27the fire has consumed.'
"28Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
"Please receive 29instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.
"If you 30return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you 31remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
And 32place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
Then the Almighty will be your gold And choice silver to you.
"For then you will 33delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.
"You will 34pray to Him, and 35He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.
"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And 36light will shine on your ways.
"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the 37humble person He will save.
"He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be 38delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
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