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Chapter 22

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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2

“Can a mortal be of use to God? Can even the wisest be of service to him? 3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty a Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai if you are righteous, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless? 4 Is it for your piety that he reproves you, and enters into judgment with you? 5 Is not your wickedness great? There is no end to your iniquities. 6 For you have exacted pledges from your family for no reason, and stripped the naked of their clothing. 7 You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8 The powerful possess the land, and the favored live in it. 9 You have sent widows away empty‐handed, and the arms of the orphans you have crushed. a Heb in their hand 10 Therefore snares are around you, and sudden terror overwhelms you, 11 or darkness so that you cannot see; a flood of water covers you.

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“Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are! 13 Therefore you say, ‘What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness? 14 Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see, and he walks on the dome of heaven.’ 15 Will you keep to the old way that the wicked have trod? 16 They were snatched away before their time; their foundation was washed away by a flood. 17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone,’ and ‘What can the Almighty b Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai do to us?’ c Gk Syr Tg Vg: Heb were crushed 18 Yet he filled their houses with good things— but the plans of the wicked are repugnant to me. 19 The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent laugh them to scorn, 20 saying, ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off, and what they left, the fire has consumed.’

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“Agree with God, d Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai and be at peace; in this way good will come to you. 22 Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. 23 If you return to the Almighty, b Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai you will be restored, if you remove unrighteousness from your tents, 24 if you treat gold like dust, and gold of Ophir like the stones of the torrent‐bed, 25 and if the Almighty b Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai is your gold and your precious silver, 26 then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, b Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai and lift up your face to God. 27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. 28 You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. 29 When others are humiliated, you say it is pride; for he saves the humble. 30 He will deliver even those who are guilty; they will escape because of the cleanness of your hands.” e Gk Syr: Heb them

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d Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai

e Heb in their hand

a Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai

a Gk Syr Tg Vg: Heb were crushed

b Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai

c Gk Syr: Heb them

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