Job

Job 22 ©

1Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God: 5he accuseth Job of various sins, to which he imputeth his calamities: 15he bringeth evidence of the example of wicked men to shew that God's judgments at length overtake them: 21and exhorteth Job to repentance with promises of mercy.

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THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

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aCan a man be profitable unto God, 1as he that is wise may be profitable bunto himself?

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Is cit any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

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Will he dreprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

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Is not thy wickedness egreat? and thine iniquities infinite?

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For fthou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and 2stripped the naked of their clothing.

f Ex. 22.26,27. De. 24.10-13. Eze. 18.16. ch. 31.16-22.
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gThou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hhast withholden bread from the hungry.

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But as for 3the mighty man, he ihad the earth; and the 4honourable man dwelt in it.

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jThou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

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Therefore ksnares are round about thee, and sudden lfear troubleth thee;

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Or mdarkness, that thou canst not see; nand abundance of waters cover thee.

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oIs not God in the height of heaven? and behold 5the height of the stars, how high they are!

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And thou sayest, p6How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

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qThick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in rthe circuit of heaven.

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Hast thou marked the sold way which wicked men have trodden?

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Which twere cut down out of time, 7whose foundation was overflown with a flood:

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Which said unto God, uDepart from us: and what can the Almighty do 8for them?

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Yet he vfilled their houses with good things: but wthe counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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The xrighteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.

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Whereas our 9substance is not cut down, but 10the remnant of them the yfire consumeth.

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zAcquaint now thyself with 11him, and abe at peace: thereby bgood shall come unto thee.

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cReceive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and dlay up his words in thine heart.

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eIf thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt fput away iniquity far from thy *tabernacles.

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Then gshalt thou lay up gold 12as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

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Yea, the Almighty shall be thy 13defence, and thou shalt have 14plenty of silver.

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For then shalt thou hhave thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt ilift up thy face unto God.

h Ps. 37.4. Ca. 2.3. ch. 27.10.
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Thou jshalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

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Thou shalt also kdecree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the llight shall shine upon thy ways.

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mWhen men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he nshall save 15the humble person.

m Ps. 9.1-10. ch. 5.19-26.
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16He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.