Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 So Eliphas the Themanite gaue aunswere, and sayde: Job 22:2 May a man be profitable vnto God, as he that is wise may be profitable vnto him selfe? Job 22:3 Is it any aduauntage to the almightie that thou art righteous? or shall it profite him that thou makest thy wayes perfect? Job 22:4 Is he afrayde to reproue thee, and to step foorth with thee into iudgement?
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickednesse great, and thy vngratious deedes innumerable? Job 22:6 For thou hast taken the pledge from thy brother for naught, and robbed the naked of their clothing. Job 22:7 To such as were weery, hast thou geuen no water to drinke, & hast withdrawen bread from the hungrie. Job 22:8 But the mightie man had the earth, and he that was in auctoritie dwelt in it. Job 22:9 Thou hast sent wydowes away emptie, and the armes of the fatherlesse were broken. Job 22:10 Therefore art thou compassed about with snares, & sodenly vexed with feare. Job 22:11 Shouldest thou then see no darknesse? shoulde not the water fludde run ouer thee? Job 22:12 Is not God on high in the heauen? beholde the heyght of the starres how hie they are. Job 22:13 Wilt thou therfore say, Tushe, howe should God know? can he iudge through the darke cloude? Job 22:14 Tushe, the cloudes couer him that he may not see, and he walketh on the top of heauen. Job 22:15 Hast thou marked the way of the world, wherin wicked men haue walked? Job 22:16 Whiche were cut downe out of time, and whose foundation was as an ouerflowing ryuer. Job 22:17 Whiche sayd vnto God, Go from vs: and asked what the almightie coulde do for them? Job 22:18 He filled their houses with good things: but the counsell of the vngodly be farre from me. Job 22:19 The righteous sawe it and were glad, and the innocent laughed them to scorne. Job 22:20 Is our substaunce bewen downe? As for the remnaunt of them the fire hath consumed.
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Therefore reconcile thee vnto God, and be at peace: so shall all thinges prospere with thee right well. Job 22:22 Receaue I pray thee the lawe at his mouth, and lay vp his wordes in thyne heart. Job 22:23 For if thou wilt turne to the almightie, thou shalt be buyld vp, and put all vnrighteousnes from thy dwelling. Job 22:24 Thou shalt lay vp golde [as plentyful] as the dust, and the golde of Ophir as the flyntes of the riuers. Job 22:25 Yea almightie God his owne selfe shalbe thy defence, and thou shalt haue plentie of siluer. Job 22:26 Then shalt thou haue thy delite in the almightie, and lift vp thy face vnto God. Job 22:27 Then shalt thou make thy prayer vnto him, and he shall heare thee, and thou shalt kepe thy promises. Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and he shall establishe it vnto thee, and the light shall shine in thy wayes. Job 22:29 When [the wicked] be cast downe, thou shalt say, I am lifted vp: and God shall saue the humble person. Job 22:30 The innocent shal deliuer the Ilande: it shalbe preserued by the purenesse of thyne handes.