22 Then Eliphaz the Temanitec replied:
2 “Can a man be of benefit to God?d
Can even a wise person benefit him?e
What would he gain if your ways were blameless?h
and brings charges against you?i
you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.n
7 You gave no watero to the weary
and you withheld food from the hungry,p
8 though you were a powerful man, owning landq—
and broke the strength of the fatherless.v
why sudden peril terrifies you,y
11 why it is so darkz you cannot see,
and why a flood of water covers you.a
12 “Is not God in the heights of heaven?b
And see how lofty are the highest stars!
13 Yet you say, ‘What does God know?c
Does he judge through such darkness?d
as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.’g
16 They were carried off before their time,j
What can the Almighty do to us?’m
18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things,n
so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.o
19 The righteous see their ruin and rejoice;p
the innocent mockq them, saying,
20 ‘Surely our foes are destroyed,r
and fires devours their wealth.’
in this way prosperity will come to you.v
22 Accept instruction from his mouthw
If you remove wickedness far from your tentb
24 and assign your nuggetsc to the dust,
25 then the Almighty will be your gold,g
the choicest silver for you.h
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almightyi
and you will fulfill your vows.n
28 What you decide on will be done,o
29 When people are brought lowr and you say, ‘Lift them up!’
then he will save the downcast.s
30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent,t
who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”u
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