22:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2 Can a man be profitable to łGod? surely it is unto himself that the wise man is profitable.
22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if thou art righteous? And is it gain [to him] that thou makest thy ways perfect?
22:4 Will he reason with thee for fear of thee? Will he enter with thee into judgment?
22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities without end?
22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge of thy brother for nought, and stripped off the clothing of the naked.
22:7 Thou hast not given water to the fainting to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
22:8 But the powerful man, he had the land; and the man of high rank dwelt in it.
22:9 Widows hast thou sent empty away, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
22:11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and floods of waters cover thee.
22:12 Is not +God in the height of the heavens? And behold the summit of the stars: how exalted are they!
22:13 And thou sayest, What doth łGod know? will he judge through the dark cloud?
22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh on the vault of the heavens.
22:15 Dost thou mark the ancient path which wicked men have trodden?
22:16 Who were carried off before the time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood;
22:17 Who said unto łGod, Depart from us! and what could the Almighty do to them?
22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good. But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn:
22:20 Is not he who rose against us destroyed, and doth not the fire consume his residue?
22:21 Reconcile thyself now with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22:22 Receive, I pray thee, instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.
22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up. If thou remove unrighteousness far from thy tents,
22:24 And put the precious ore with the dust, and [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the torrents,
22:25 Then the Almighty will be thy precious ore, and silver heaped up unto thee;
22:26 Yea, then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto +God:
22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows;
22:28 And thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; and light shall shine upon thy ways.
22:29 When they are made low, then thou shalt say, Rise up! and he shall save him that is of downcast eyes.
22:30 [Even] him that is not innocent shall he deliver; yea, he shall be delivered by the pureness of thy hands.