1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?#as he…: or, if he may be profitable, doth his good success depend thereon?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.#the naked…: Heb. the clothes of the naked
7Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.#mighty…: Heb. man of arm#honourable…: Heb. eminent, or, accepted for countenance
9Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!#height of the stars: Heb. head of the stars
13And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?#How: or, What
14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:#whose…: Heb. a flood was poured upon their foundation
17Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?#for: or, to
18Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.#substance: or, estate#the remnant…: or, their excellency
21Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.#him: that is, God
22Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.#as dust: or, on the dust
25Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.#defence: or, gold#plenty…: Heb. silver of strength
26For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
29When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.#the humble…: Heb. him that hath low eyes
30He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.#He shall…: or, The innocent shall deliver the island