1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
2Can a man be profitable unto God?
Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
3Is it any pleasure to the
Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee,
That he entereth with thee into judgement?
5Is not thy wickedness great?
Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.
6For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought,
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
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, he dwelt in it.
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!
13And thou sayest, What doth God know?
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not;
And he walketh in the circuit of heaven
15Wilt thou keep the old way which
Wicked men have trodden?
16Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream:
17Who said unto God, Depart from us;
And, What can the Almighty do for us?
18Yet he fired 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:
20 Saying, Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off,
And the remnant of them the fire hath consumed
21Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
Thereby good shall come unto thee.
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;
If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.
24And lay thou thy treasure in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
25And the Almighty shall be thy treasure,
And precious silver unto thee.
26For then shalt thou delight thyself 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 light shall shine upon thy ways.
29When they cast thee down, thou shalt say, There is lifting up;
And the humble person he shall save.
30He shall deliver even him that is not innocent:
Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thine hands.