Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.
Job 22:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: Job 22:2 To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is profitable? Job 22:3 Is it a delight to the Mighty One That thou art righteous? is it gain, That thou makest perfect thy ways? Job 22:4 Because of thy reverence Doth He reason [with] thee? He entereth with thee into judgment:
He accuseth Job of divers sins.
Job 22:5 Is not thy wickedness abundant? And there is no end to thine iniquities. Job 22:6 For thou takest a pledge of thy brother for nought, And the garments of the naked Thou dost strip off. Job 22:7 Thou causest not the weary to drink water, And from the hungry thou withholdest bread. Job 22:8 As to the man of armhe hath the earth, And the accepted of facehe dwelleth in it. Job 22:9 Widows thou hast sent away empty, And the arms of the fatherless are bruised. Job 22:10 Therefore round about thee [are] snares, And trouble thee doth fear suddenly. Job 22:11 Or darknessthou dost not see, And abundance of waters doth cover thee. Job 22:12 Is not God high [in] heaven? And see the summit of the stars, That they are high. Job 22:13 And thou hast said, 'Whathath God known? Through thickness doth He judge? Job 22:14 Thick clouds [are] a secret place to Him, And He doth not see;' And the circle of the heavens He walketh habitually, Job 22:15 The path of the age dost thou observe, That men of iniquity have trodden? Job 22:16 Who have been cut down unexpectedly, A flood is poured out on their foundation. Job 22:17 Those saying to God, 'Turn aside from us,' And what doth the Mighty One to them? Job 22:18 And he hath filled their houses [with] good: (And the counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.) Job 22:19 See do the righteous and they rejoice, And the innocent mocketh at them, Job 22:20 'Surely our substance hath not been cut off, And their excellency hath fire consumed.'
He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Job 22:21 Acquaint thyself, I pray thee, with Him, And be at peace, Thereby thine increase [is] good. Job 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, from His mouth a law, And set His sayings in thy heart. Job 22:23 If thou dost return unto the Mighty Thou art built up, Thou puttest iniquity far from thy tents. Job 22:24 So as to set on the dust a defence, And on a rock of the valleys a covering. Job 22:25 And the Mighty hath been thy defence, And silver [is] strength to thee. Job 22:26 For then on the Mighty thou delightest thyself, And dost lift up unto God thy face, Job 22:27 Thou dost make supplication unto Him, And He doth hear thee, And thy vows thou completest. Job 22:28 And thou decreest a saying, And it is established to thee, And on thy ways hath light shone. Job 22:29 For they have made low, And thou sayest, 'Lift up.' And the bowed down of eyes he saveth. Job 22:30 He delivereth the not innocent, Yea, he hath been delivered By the cleanness of thy hands.