Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, Job 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself. Job 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? Job 22:4 Is it for thy fear [of him] that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment?
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? Neither is there any end to thine iniquities. Job 22:6 For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, And stripped the naked of their clothing. Job 22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. Job 22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it. Job 22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken. Job 22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden fear troubleth thee, Job 22:11 Or darkness, so that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee. Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are! Job 22:13 And thou sayest, What doth God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness? Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not; And he walketh on the vault of heaven. Job 22:15 Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden? Job 22:16 Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured out as a stream, Job 22:17 Who said unto God, Depart from us; And, What can the Almighty do for us? Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: But the counsel of the wicked is far from me. Job 22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad; And the innocent laugh them to scorn, Job 22:20 [Saying], Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off, And the remnant of them the fire hath consumed.
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: Thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in thy heart. Job 22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents. Job 22:24 And lay thou [thy] treasure in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the brooks; Job 22:25 And the Almighty will be thy treasure, And precious silver unto thee. Job 22:26 For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, And shalt lift up thy face unto God. Job 22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee; And thou shalt pay thy vows. Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways. Job 22:29 When they cast [thee] down, thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; And the humble person he will save. Job 22:30 He will deliver [even] him that is not innocent: Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.