Eliphaz Keeps Pointing at Sin
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded saying:
2“Can a man be useful to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?
3What pleasure is it to Shaddai if you are righteous? Or what gain if your ways are blameless?
4Is it because of your reverence that He corrects you and He brings judgment against you?
5Is not your wickedness great, and is there no end to your iniquity?
6For you took pledges from your brothers for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.
7You gave the weary no water to drink and from the hungry you withhold bread,
8Though you were a mighty man, owning land— an honored man living on it.
9You sent widows away empty-handed and crushed the arms of orphans.
10“That is why snares surround you, and why sudden fear terrifies you,
11or why it is so dark that you cannot see. and why a flood of water covers you.
12“Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see the lofty stars how high they are?
13Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Does He judge through such thick darkness?
14Thick clouds veil Him so He does not see, as He walks in the vault of heaven.’
15Will you keep to the old way that wicked men have trod?
16They were snatched away before their time, their foundations washed away by a river.
17They said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can Shaddai do to us?’
18Yet He filled their houses with good things— but the counsel of the wicked is far from me!
19The righteous see and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying,
20‘Surely our foes are cut off, and fire consumes their abundance.’
21“Reconcile now with Him and have shalom— in this way prosperity will come to you.
22Accept instruction from His mouth and store up His words in your heart.
23If you return to Shaddai, you will be restored; if you remove iniquity far from your tent
24and throw your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir to the rocks in the wadis,
25then Shaddai will be your gold and your precious silver.
26Surely then Shaddai will be your delight and you will lift up your face to God.
27You will pray to Him and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
28What you decide will be done, and light will shine on your ways.
29When people are brought low, and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then He will save the downcast.
30He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered by the cleanness of your hands.”