Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 So Eliphas the Themanite gaue answere, and sayde: Job 22:2 Maye a man be profitable vnto God, as he that is wyse maye be profytable to hym selfe? Job 22:3 Is it any vauntage to the Allmyghtye that thou art ryghteous? Or shall it profyte hym, that thou makest thy wayes perfect? Job 22:4 Is he afrayed to reproue the, and to steppe forth with the into iudgment?
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickednesse greate, and thyne vngracious dedes innumerable? Job 22:6 For thou hast taken the pledge from thy brother for naught, and robbed the naked of their clothinge: Job 22:7 To soche as were weery hast þu geuen no water to drincke, & hast withdrawen bred from the hungrye: Job 22:8 Shulde soch one then as vseth violence, wrong & oppression (doing all thinge of parcialite, and hauinge respecte of personnes) dwell in the lande? Job 22:9 Thou hast sent wyddowes awaye emptie and oppressed the poore fatherlesse. Job 22:10 Therfore art thou compassed aboute with snares on euery syde, and sodenly vexed with feare. Job 22:11 Shuldest thou then se no darckenesse? Shulde not the water floude runne ouer þe? Job 22:12 Now because that God is hyer then þe heauens, and because thou seyst that the starres are so hye, Job 22:13 wilt thou therfore saye: Tushe, how shulde God knowe? Doth his dominyon reache beyonde the cloudes? Job 22:14 Tush, the cloudes couer him that he maye not se, & he dwelleth aboue heauen. Job 22:15 Dost not thou kepe the olde waye, that vayne men haue gone? Job 22:16 Which were cut downe out of tyme, and whose foundacyon was as a runnynge water, Job 22:17 which sayed vnto God: go from vs, and what dyd the Allmyghtye with them? Job 22:18 He fylled theyr houses with good thinges. But the councell of the vngodly is farre fro me. Job 22:19 The ryghteous sawe it and were glad, and the innocent laughed them to scorne. Job 22:20 Is oure increase hewen downe? As for the remnaunt of them, the fyre hath consumed it.
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Therfore reconcile the vnto God, and be content, so shall all thinges prospere with the ryght well. Job 22:22 Receaue the lawe at his mouth, and laye vp his wordes in thyne herte. Job 22:23 For yf thou wilt turne to the Almightye, thou shall stande fast, and put all vnrighteousnesse from thy dwellynge: Job 22:24 Thou shall make golde as plentifull as the dust, and the golde of Ophir as the flyntes of the ryuers. Job 22:25 Yee, Almightye God hys awne selfe shalbe thy defence, and thou shalt haue plentye of syluer. Job 22:26 Then shalt þu haue thy delite in the Almightie, & lyft vp thy face vnto God. Job 22:27 Then shalt thou make thy prayer vnto him, and he shall heare the, and thou shalt kepe thy promyses. Job 22:28 Then, loke what thou takest in hand, he shall make it to prospere with the, and the lyght shall shyne in the wayes. Job 22:29 For who so humbleth hym selfe, him shall be set vp: and who so loketh mekely, shalbe healed. Job 22:30 If thou be innocent thou shalt deliuer the countre because of the vngyltynesse of thyne handes.