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Job 22

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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2“Can a man be useful to God? Can a wise man be useful to him?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous? Is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
4Is it because of your reverence for him that he rebukes you and takes you to judgment?
5Is not your wickedness great? Is there no end to your iniquities?
6For you have demanded guarantee of a loan from your brother for no reason, and you have stripped away clothing from the naked.
7You have not given water to weary people to drink; you have withheld bread from hungry people
8although you, a mighty man, possessed the earth, although you, an honored man, lived in it.
9You have sent widows away empty; the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10Therefore, snares are all around you, and sudden fear troubles you.
11There is darkness, so that you cannot see; an abundance of waters covers you.
12Is not God in the heights of heaven? Look at the height of the stars, how high they are!
13You say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?
14Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he does not see us; he walks on the vault of heaven.'
15Will you keep the old way that wicked men have walked—
16those who were snatched away before their time, those whose foundations have washed away like a river,
17those who said to God, 'Depart from us'; those who said, 'What can the Almighty do to us?'
18Yet he filled their houses with good things; the plans of wicked people are far from me.

19Righteous people see their fate and are glad; innocent people laugh them to scorn.
20They say, 'Surely those who rose up against us are cut off; fire has consumed their possessions.'
21Now agree with God and be at peace with him; in that way, good will come to you.
22Receive, I beg you, instruction from his mouth; store up his words in your heart.
23If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up, if you put unrighteousness far away from your tents.
24Lay your treasure down in the dust, the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25and the Almighty will be your treasure, precious silver to you.
26For then you will take pleasure in the Almighty; you will lift up your face to God.
27You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you; you will pay your vows to him.
28You will also decree anything, and it will be confirmed for you; light will shine on your paths.
29God humbles a proud man, and he saves the one with lowered eyes.
30He will rescue even the man who is not innocent; who will be rescued through the cleanness of your hands.”