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