Third Speech of Eliphaz
22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise
may be profitable unto himself?
22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art
righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways
22:4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter
with thee into judgment?
22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities
22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for
nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and
thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the
honourable man dwelt in it.
22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, 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 abundance
of waters cover thee.
22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the
height of the stars, how high they are!
22:13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge
through the dark cloud?
22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth
not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
22:15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have
22:16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was
overflown with a flood:
22:17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the
Almighty do for them?
22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: 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 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the
remnant of them the fire consumeth.
22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
thereby good shall come unto thee.
22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay
up his words in thine heart.
22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built
up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
22:24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of
Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou
shalt have plenty of silver.
22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty,
and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall
hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be
established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy
22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is
lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
22:30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it
is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.