Job 22 TNIV


1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite1 replied:

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2 "Can a human being be of benefit to God?2 Can even the wise benefit him?3

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3 What pleasure4 would it give the Almighty if you were righteous?5 What would he gain if your ways were blameless?6

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4 "Is it for your piety that he rebukes you and brings charges against you?7

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5 Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins8 endless?9

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      6 You demanded security10 from your relatives for no reason;11 you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.12

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      7 You gave no water13 to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry,14

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      8 though you were a powerful man, owning land15-- an honored man,16 living on it.17

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      9 And you sent widows18 away empty-handed19 and broke the strength of the fatherless.20

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      10 That is why snares21 are all around you,22 why sudden peril terrifies you,23

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      11 why it is so dark24 you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.25

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      12 "Is not God in the heights of heaven?26 And see how lofty are the highest stars!

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      13 Yet you say, 'What does God know?27 Does he judge through such darkness?28

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      14 Thick clouds29 veil him, so he does not see us30 as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.'31

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      15 Will you keep to the old path that the wicked32 have trod?33

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      16 They were carried off before their time,34 their foundations35 washed away by a flood.36

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      17 They said to God, 'Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?'37

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      18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things,38 so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.39

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      19 The righteous see their ruin and rejoice;40 the innocent mock41 them, saying,

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      20 'Surely our foes are destroyed,42 and fire43 devours their wealth.'

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      21 "Submit to God and be at peace44 with him;45 in this way prosperity will come to you.46

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      22 Accept instruction from his mouth47 and lay up his words48 in your heart.49

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      23 If you return50 to the Almighty, you will be restored:51 If you remove wickedness far from your tent52
      24 and assign your nuggets53 to the dust, your gold54 of Ophir55 to the rocks in the ravines,56

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      25 then the Almighty will be your gold,57 the choicest silver for you.58

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      26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty59 and will lift up your face60 to God.61

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      27 You will pray to him,62 and he will hear you,63 and you will fulfill your vows.64

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      28 What you decide on will be done,65 and light66 will shine on your ways.67

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      29 When people are brought low68 and you say, 'Lift them up!' then he will save the downcast.69

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      30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent,70 who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."71

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