Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and sayde, Job 22:2 May a man be profitable vnto God, as he that is wise, may be profitable to himselfe? Job 22:3 Is it any thing vnto the Almightie, that thou art righteous? or is it profitable to him, that thou makest thy wayes vpright? Job 22:4 Is it for feare of thee that he will accuse thee? or go with thee into iudgement?
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickednes great, and thine iniquities innumerable? Job 22:6 For thou hast taken the pledge from thy brother for nought, and spoyled the clothes of the naked. Job 22:7 To such as were wearie, thou hast not giuen water to drinke, and hast withdrawen bread from the hungrie. Job 22:8 But the mightie man had the earth, and he that was in autoritie, dwelt in it. Job 22:9 Thou hast cast out widowes emptie, & the armes of the fatherles were broken. Job 22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and feare shal suddenly trouble thee: Job 22:11 Or darkenes that thou shouldest not see, & abundance of waters shal couer thee. Job 22:12 Is not God on hie in the heauen? and behold the height of the starres how hie they are. Job 22:13 But thou sayest, How should God know? can he iudge through the darke cloude? Job 22:14 The cloudes hide him that he can not see, and he walketh in the circle of heauen. Job 22:15 Hast thou marked the way of the worlde, wherein wicked men haue walked? Job 22:16 Which were cut downe before the time, whose foundation was as a riuer that ouerflowed: Job 22:17 Which sayd vnto God, Depart from vs, & asked what the Almightie could do for them. Job 22:18 Yet hee filled their houses with good things: but let the counsell of the wicked be farre from me. Job 22:19 The righteous shal see them, & shal reioyce, and the innocent shal laugh them to scorne. Job 22:20 Surely our substance is hid: but the fire hath deuoured the remnant of them.
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Therefore acquaint thy selfe, I pray thee, with him, and make peace: thereby thou shalt haue prosperitie. Job 22:22 Receiue, I pray thee, the law of his mouth, and lay vp his words in thine heart. Job 22:23 If thou returne to the Almightie, thou shalt be buylt vp, and thou shalt put iniquitie farre from thy tabernacle. Job 22:24 Thou shalt lay vp golde for dust, and the gold of Ophir, as the flintes of the riuers. Job 22:25 Yea, the Almightie shalbe thy defence, and thou shalt haue plentie of siluer. Job 22:26 And thou shalt then delite in the Almightie, and lift vp thy face vnto God. Job 22:27 Thou shalt make thy praier vnto him, & he shal heare thee, & thou shalt render thy vowes. Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and he shal establish it vnto thee, and the light shall shine vpon thy wayes. Job 22:29 When others are cast downe, then shalt thou say, I am lifted vp: and God shall saue the humble person. Job 22:30 The innocent shal deliuer the yland, & it shalbe preserued by the purenes of thine hands.