THE BOOK OF
Job 22 ©
Eliphaz declares that God has no profit by man’s goodness, v. 1, etc. And does not punish him, as afraid of him, 4. Charges Job of many misdeeds, for which God punished him, 5. Even of denying of the Divine Providence, 12. He shows unto him that God punished the wicked at all times, 15. Exhorts him to repentance, 21. With the promise of God’s gracious blessing, 23.
THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
1Can a man be profitable unto God, 2as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3Is it any 4pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest 5thy ways perfect?
6Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee 7into judgment?
Is not thy wickedness 8great? and thine iniquities infinite?
9For thoua hast taken a pledge from 10thy brother 11for nought, and stripped 12the naked of their clothing.
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
But as for the 13mighty man, he had the earth; and the 14honourable man dwelt in it.
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the 15arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Therefore 16snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
Or darkness, that thou canst not 17see; and abundance 18of waters cover thee.
19Is not God 20in the height of heaven? and behold 21the height of the stars, 22how high they are!
And thou 23sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through 24the dark cloud?
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and 25he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
Hast thou marked 26the old way which wicked men have trodden?
Which were 27cut down 28out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
Whichb said unto God, 29Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
Yet he filled their houses with good things: 30butc the counsel of the wicked 31is far from me.
32Thed righteous see it, and 33are glad: and 34the innocent laugh them to scorn.
Whereas 35our substance is not cut down, but the 36remnant of them the 37fire consumeth.
Acquaint now thyself 38with him, and 39be at peace: 40thereby 41good shall come unto thee.
Receive, I pray thee, the 42law from 43his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
If thou returne to the Almighty, thou shalt 44be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy 45tabernacles.
Then shalt thou lay up 46gold as dust, and 47the gold of Ophir as the 48stones of the brooks.
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy 49defence, and thou shalt have 50plenty of silver.
For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face 51unto God.
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou 52shalt pay thy vows.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be 53established unto thee: and the light shall shine 54upon thy ways.
55When men are cast down, then thou 56shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shallf save 57the humble person.
He shall deliver the island 58of the innocent: and it is delivered 59by the pureness of thine 60hands.