Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 Then responded Eliphaz the Temanite, and said: Job 22:2 Unto GOD, can a man act as friend? Surely a discreet man befriendeth himself! Job 22:3 Is it a pleasure to the Almighty, that thou shouldst be righteous? or any profit, that thou shouldst be blameless in thy ways? Job 22:4 Is it, for thy reverence, that he will accuse thee? will enter with thee into judgment?
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not, thy wickedness, great? and, without end, [are not] thine iniquities? Job 22:6 Surely then hast been wont to put thy brother in pledge, for nothing, and, the garments of the ill-clad, hast thou stripped off: Job 22:7 No waterto the weary, hast thou given to drink, and, from the hungry, thou hast withheld bread: Job 22:8 A man of might, to him, pertaineth the land, and, the favorite, dwelleth therein: Job 22:9 Widows, thou hast sent away empty, and, the arms of the fatherless, thou dost crush. Job 22:10 For this cause, round about thee, are snares, and a dread startleth thee suddenly; Job 22:11 Or darknessthou canst not see, and, a flood of waters, covereth thee. Job 22:12 Is not, GOD, [in] the height of the heavens? Behold, then, the head of the stars, that they are high. Job 22:13 Wilt thou say then, What doth GOD know? Out through a thick cloud, can he judge? Job 22:14 Dark clouds, are a veil to him, and he cannot see, or, the vault of the heavens, doth he walk? Job 22:15 The path of the ancient time, wilt thou mark, which the men of iniquity trod? Job 22:16 Who were snatched away before the time, and, a stream, washed away their foundation? Job 22:17 Who had been saying unto GOD, Depart from us! andWhat can the Almighty do for himself? Job 22:18 Yet, he, had filled their houses with good! The counsel of the lawless, then, is far from me: Job 22:19 The righteous shall see and rejoice, and, the innocent, shall laugh them to scorn: Job 22:20 If our assailants do not vanish, then, their abundance, a fire consumeth!
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Shew thyself to be one with himI pray theeand prosper, thereby, shall there come on thee blessing. Job 22:22 Accept, I beseech thee, from his mouthinstruction,and lay up his sayings in thy heart. Job 22:23 If thou return unto the Almighty and submit thyself, if thou far remove perversity from thy tent, Job 22:24 Then lay up, in the dust, precious ore, and, among the stones of the torrent-beds, fine gold: Job 22:25 So shall, the Almighty, become, thy precious ores, yea glittering silver unto thee! Job 22:26 For, then, in the Almighty, shalt thou take exquisite delight, and shalt lift upunto GODthy face; Job 22:27 Thou shalt make entreaty unto him, and he will hear thee, and, thy vows, shalt thou pay; Job 22:28 And thou shalt decree a purpose, and it shall be fulfilled unto thee, and, upon thy ways, shall have shone a light; Job 22:29 When men cast themselves down, then thou shalt say: Up! And, him that is of downcast eyes, shall he save; Job 22:30 He shall deliver the innocent, and thou shalt escape by the pureness of thy hands.