1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite 1responded,
2 “Can a vigorous aman be of use to God,
Or a wise man be useful to himself?
3 “Is there any pleasure to 1the Almighty if you are righteous,
Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
4 “Is it because of your 1reverence that He reproves you,
That He aenters into judgment against you?
5 “Is not ayour wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
6 “For you have ataken pledges of your brothers without cause,
7 “To the weary you have agiven no water to drink,
And from the hungry you have bwithheld bread.
And cthe honorable man dwells in it.
9 “You have sent awidows away empty,
10 “Therefore asnares surround you,
And sudden bdread terrifies you,
11 Or adarkness, so that you cannot see,
And an babundance of water covers you.
12 “Is not God ain the height of heaven?
Look also at the 1distant stars, how high they are!
13 “You say, ‘aWhat does God know?
Can He judge through the thick darkness?
14 ‘aClouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
And He walks on the 1vault of heaven.’
Which awicked men have trod,
16 Who were snatched away abefore their time,
17 “They asaid to God, ‘Depart from us!’
And ‘What can 1the Almighty do to them?’
18 “Yet He afilled their houses with good things;
But bthe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 “The arighteous see and are glad,
And the innocent mock them,
Thereby good will come to you.
And establish His words in your heart.
If you bremove unrighteousness far from your tent,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
And choice silver to you.
And lift up your face to God.
And you will pay your vows.
And alight will shine on your ways.
And he will be adelivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
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