22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 22:2 Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to 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 perfect? 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 thy iniquities infinite? 22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for naught, and stripped the naked of their clothing. 22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withheld bread from the hungry. 22:8 But [as for] the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honorable 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] around 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 hight of heaven? and behold the hight 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 trodden? 22:16 Who were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflowed with a flood! 22:17 Who said to 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 deride them. 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: by this good shall come to thee. 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart. 22:23 If thou shalt 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 defense 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 to God. 22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer to 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 to thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 22:29 When [men] are cast down, then thou shalt say, [There is] exaltation; 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 thy hands.