Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 So Eliphas the Themanite gaue answere and sayde: Job 22:2 May a man be compared vnto God in wysdome, though he seme to hym selfe, for to be lyke him? Job 22:3 What pleasure hath God in that thou art righteous? Or what doth it profyte him, that thy waies are perfecte? Job 22:4 Is he afrayed to reproue the, & to steppe forth wt the into iudgement.
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Commeth not this for that great wickednesse, & for thine vngracious dedes which are innumerable? Job 22:6 þu hast taken þe pledge from thy brethren for nought and robbed the naked of their clothing. Job 22:7 To suche as were wery, hast thou geuen no water to drincke, thou hast withdrawen bread from the hungry. Job 22:8 Shoulde suche one then as vseth violence, wrong and oppression (doing al thing of parcialite, and hauinge respecte of personnes) dwel in the lande? Job 22:9 Thou hast sent wyddowes away emptye and oppressed the poore fatherlesse. Job 22:10 Therfore art thou compased aboute wyth snares on euery side, and sodenly vexed with feare. Job 22:11 Shouldest thou then se no darckenesse? Should not the water floude runne ouer the? Job 22:12 Now because þt God is hyer then the heauens, & because thou seyst that the starres are so hye Job 22:13 wilt thou therfore saye: Tush, how shoulde God know? Doth his dominion reach beyond the cloudes: Job 22:14 Tush, the cloudes couer him, that he may not se, for he dwelleth in heauen. Job 22:15 Well thou wilt kepe the olde waye, that all wicked men haue gone: Job 22:16 bothe olde and young, whose foundacyon is a runninge water, Job 22:17 whiche say vnto God: go from vs, and after this maner: Tush, what wyll the Almyghty do vnto vs? Job 22:18 where as he (notwithstandinge) fylleth their houses wyth all good Whyche meanyng of the vngodly be farre from me. Job 22:19 For with ioy shall the godly, and with gladnesse shall the innocent se, Job 22:20 that their encrease shall be hewen doune, and their posteryte consumed wyth fyre.
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 wyth the ryghtwell. Job 22:22 Receyue the lawe at his mouth, & laye vp his wordes in thine hert. Job 22:23 For yf thou wilt turne to the Almighty, thou shalt stande fast, & al vnrighteousnesse shalbe farre from thy dwellinge: Job 22:24 He shall geue the an haruest, whiche in plenty & aboundance shall exceade the dust of the earth, and the gould of Ophir lyke riuer stones Job 22:25 Yea, the almighty his own self shalbe thine haruest, and the heape of thy moneye. Job 22:26 Then shalt thou haue thy delyte in the Almighty, & lift vp thy face vnto God. Job 22:27 Then shalt thou make thy prayer vnto hym, and he shal heare the, and thou shalt kepe thy promises. Job 22:28 Then loke what thou takest in hand he shall make it to prospere with the, and the light shall shyne in thy wayes. Job 22:29 For who so humbleth hym selfe, him shall he set vp: and who so loketh mekely, shalbe healed. Job 22:30 Yf thou be innocent, he shall saue the: and thorow the vngyltinesse of thyne handes shalt thou be delyuered.