1Next Elifaz the Teimani replied:
2“Can a human be of advantage to God?
Can even the wisest benefit him?
3Does Shaddai gain if you are righteous?
Does he profit if you make your ways blameless?
4“Is he rebuking you because you fear him?
Is this why he enters into judgment with you?
5Isn’t it because your wickedness is great?
Aren’t your iniquities endless?
6“For you kept your kinsmen’s goods as collateral for no reason,
you stripped the poorly clothed of what clothing they have,
7you didn’t give water to the weary to drink,
you withheld food from the hungry.
8As a wealthy man, an owner of land,
and as a man of rank, who lives on it,
9you sent widows away empty-handed
and left the arms of orphans crushed.
10“No wonder there are snares all around you,
and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11or darkness , so that you can’t see,
and a flood of water that covers you up!
12“Isn’t God in the heights of heaven,
looking [down even] on the highest stars?
13Yet you say, ‘What does God know?
Can he see through thick darkness to judge?
14The clouds veil him off, so that he can’t see;
he just wanders around in heaven.’
15“Are you going to keep to the old way,
the one the wicked have trodden,
16the ones snatched away before their time,
whose foundations a flood swept away?
17They said to God, ‘Leave us alone!
What can Shaddai do to us?’
18Yet he himself had filled their homes with good things!
(But the advice of the wicked is far away from me.)
19The righteous saw this and rejoiced;
the innocent laughed them to scorn —
20‘Indeed, our substance has not been not cut off,
but the fire has consumed their wealth.’
21“Learn to be at peace with [God];
in this way good will come [back] to you.
22Please! Receive instruction from his mouth,
and take his words to heart.
23If you return to Shaddai, you will be built up.
If you drive wickedness far from your tents,
24if you lay your treasure down in the dust
and the gold of Ofir among the rocks in the vadis,
25and let Shaddai be your treasure
and your sparkling silver;
26then Shaddai will be your delight,
you will lift up your face to God;
27you will entreat him, and he will hear you,
and you will pay what you vowed;
28what you decide to do will succeed,
and light will shine on your path;
29when someone is brought down, you will say, ‘It was pride,
because [God] saves the humble.’
30“He delivers even the unclean;
so if your hands are clean, you will be delivered.”