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Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness

22 Then aEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2 “Can ba man be profitable to God,

Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?

3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous?

Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?

4 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,

And enters into judgment with you?

5 Is not your wickedness great,

And your iniquity without end?

6 For you have ctaken pledges from your brother for no reason,

And stripped the naked of their clothing.

7 You have not given the weary water to drink,

And you dhave withheld bread from the hungry.

8 But the 1mighty man possessed the land,

And the honorable man dwelt in it.

9 You have sent widows away empty,

And the 2strength of the fatherless was crushed.

10 Therefore snares are all around you,

And sudden fear troubles you,

11 Or darkness so that you cannot see;

And an abundance of ewater covers you.

12 “Is not God in the height of heaven?

And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!

13 And you say, f‘What does God know?

Can He judge through the deep darkness?

14 gThick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see,

And He walks above the circle of heaven.’

15 Will you keep to the old way

Which wicked men have trod,

16 Who hwere cut down before their time,

Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?

17 iThey said to God, ‘Depart from us!

What can the Almighty do to 3them?’

18 Yet He filled their houses with good things;

But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

19 “The jrighteous see it and are glad,

And the innocent laugh at them:

20 ‘Surely our 4adversaries are cut down,

And the fire consumes their remnant.’

21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and kbe at peace;

Thereby good will come to you.

22 Receive, please, linstruction from His mouth,

And mlay up His words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;

You will remove iniquity far from your tents.

24 Then you will nlay your gold in the dust,

And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.

25 Yes, the Almighty will be your 5gold

And your precious silver;

26 For then you will have your odelight in the Almighty,

And lift up your face to God.

27 pYou will make your prayer to Him,

He will hear you,

And you will pay your vows.

28 You will also declare a thing,

And it will be established for you;

So light will shine on your ways.

29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!

Then qHe will save the humble person.

30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent;

Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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