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Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite Iresponded,
  2 “Can a vigorous aman be of use to God,
  Or a wise man be useful to himself?
  3 “Is there any pleasure to Ithe Almighty if you are righteous,
  Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
  4 “Is it because of your Ireverence that He reproves you,
  That He aenters into judgment against you?
  5 “Is not ayour wickedness great,
  And your iniquities without end?
  6 “For you have ataken pledges of your brothers without cause,
  And bstripped Imen naked.
  7 “To the weary you have agiven no water to drink,
  And from the hungry you have bwithheld bread.
  8 “But the earth abelongs to the bmighty man,
  And cthe honorable man dwells in it.
  9 “You have sent awidows away empty,
  And the Istrength of the borphans has been crushed.
  10 “Therefore asnares surround you,
  And sudden bdread terrifies you,
  11 Or adarkness, so that you cannot see,
  And an babundance of water covers you.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] aJb 35:7; Lk 17:10
[3] IHeb Shaddai
[4] IOr fear aJb 14:3; 19:29
[5] aJb 11:6; 15:5
[6] ILit clothing of the naked aEx 22:26; Dt 24:6, 17; Jb 24:3, 9; Ezk 18:16 bJb 31:19, 20
[7] aJb 31:16, 17 bJb 31:31
[8] aJb 9:24 bJb 12:19 cIs 3:3; 9:15
[9] ILit arms aJb 24:3, 21; 29:13; 31:16, 18 bJb 6:27
[10] aJb 18:8 bJb 15:21
[11] aJb 5:14 bJb 38:34; Ps 69:2; 124:5; Lm 3:54

  12 ¶ “Is not God a[in] the height of heaven?
  Look also at the Idistant stars, how high they are!
  13 “You say, ‘aWhat does God know?
  Can He judge through the thick darkness?
  14aClouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
  And He walks on the Ivault of heaven.’
  15 “Will you keep to the ancient path
  Which awicked men have trod,
  16 Who were snatched away abefore their time,
  Whose bfoundations were Iwashed away by a river?
  17 “They asaid to God, ‘Depart from us!’
  And ‘What can Ithe Almighty do to them?’
  18 “Yet He afilled their houses with good [things];
  But bthe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
  19 “The arighteous see and are glad,
  And the innocent mock them,
  20 [Saying], ‘Truly our adversaries are cut off,
  And their Iabundance athe fire has consumed.’

[12] ILit head, top-most aJb 11:7-9
[13] aPs 10:11; 59:7; 64:5; 94:7; Is 29:15; Ezk 8:12
[14] ILit circle aJb 26:9
[15] aJb 34:36
[16] ILit poured out aJb 15:32; 21:13, 18 bJb 14:19; Ps 90:5; Is 28:2; Mt 7:26, 27
[17] IHeb Shaddai aJb 21:14, 15
[18] aJb 12:6 bJb 21:16
[19] aPs 52:6; 58:10; 107:42
[20] IOr excess aJb 15:30

  21 ¶ “IaYield now and be at peace with Him;
  Thereby good will come to you.
  22 “Please receive Iainstruction from His mouth
  And establish His words in your heart.
  23 “If you areturn to Ithe Almighty, you will be IIrestored;
  If you bremove unrighteousness far from your tent,
  24 And aplace [your] Igold in the dust,
  And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
  25 Then Ithe Almighty will be your IIgold
  And choice silver to you.
  26 “For then you will adelight in Ithe Almighty
  And lift up your face to God.
  27 “You will apray to Him, and bHe will hear you;
  And you will pay your vows.
  28 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
  And alight will shine on your ways.
  29 “When Iyou are cast down, you will speak with IIconfidence,
  And the IIIahumble person He will save.
  30 “He will deliver one who is not innocent,
  And he will be adelivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

[21] IOr Know intimately aPs 34:10
[22] IOr law aJb 6:10; 23:12; Pv 2:6
[23] IHeb Shaddai IILit built up aJb 8:5; 11:13; Is 19:22; 31:6; Zc 1:3 bJb 11:14
[24] ILit ore aJb 31:24, 25
[25] IHeb Shaddai IILit ore
[26] IHeb Shaddai aJb 27:10; Ps 37:4; Is 58:14
[27] aJb 11:13; 33:26; Is 58:9 bJb 34:28
[28] aJb 11:17; Ps 112:4
[29] ILit they cast you down IILit pride IIILit lowly of eyes aJb 5:11; 36:7; Mt 23:12; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5
[30] aJb 42:7, 8; Ps 18:20; 24:3, 4


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Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God.

1 ¶ Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? 3 [Is it] any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or [is it] gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect? 4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

[2] Dt 10:13; Jb 21:15; 35:6; Ps 16:2; Pv 3:13; 4:7; 9:12; Ec 7:11; Mt 5:29; Lk 17:10; Ga 6:7.
[3] 1Ch 29:17; Jb 23:10; Ps 39:1; 119:3, 59; 147:10; Pv 11:1, 20; 12:22; 15:8; Mal 2:17; Ac 24:16; 2Co 7:1; Php 4:18.
[4] Jb 7:12; 9:19, 32; 14:3; 16:21; 23:6; 34:23; Ps 39:11; 76:6; 80:16; 130:3; 143:2; Ec 12:14; Is 3:14; Rv 3:19.

He accuseth Job of divers sins.

5 [Is] not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? 6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. 7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. 8 But [as for] the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. 9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. 10 Therefore snares [are] round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee; 11 Or darkness, [that] thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. 12 [Is] not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 14 Thick clouds [are] a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. 15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: 17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 18 Yet he filled their houses with good [things]: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 19 The righteous see [it], and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn. 20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

[5] Jb 4:7; 11:14; 15:5, 31; 21:27; 32:3; Ps 19:12; 40:12.
[6] Ex 22:26; Dt 24:10; Jb 24:3, 9, 10; 31:19; Ezk 18:7, 12, 16; Am 2:8.
[7] Dt 15:7; Jb 31:17; Ps 112:9; Pv 11:24; 19:17; Is 58:7, 10; Ezk 18:7, 16; Mt 25:42; Ro 12:20.
[8] 1K 21:11; Jb 13:8; 29:7; 31:34; Ps 12:8; Mi 7:3.
[9] Ex 22:21; Dt 27:19; Jb 24:3, 21; 29:12; 31:16, 21; Ps 10:15; 37:17; 94:6; Is 1:17, 23; 10:2; Ezk 22:7; 30:22; Mal 3:5; Lk 18:3.
[10] Jb 6:4; 13:21; 18:8; 19:6; Ps 11:6; Pv 1:27; 3:25; 1Th 5:3.
[11] Jb 18:6, 18; 19:8; Ps 42:7; 69:1; 124:4; Pv 4:19; Is 8:22; Lm 3:2, 54; Jol 2:2; Jna 2:3; Mt 8:12.
[12] Ps 8:3; 115:3, 16; Ec 5:2; Is 57:15; 66:1.
[13] Ps 10:11; 59:7; 73:11; 94:7; Ezk 8:12; 9:9; Zp 1:12.
[14] Jb 34:22; Ps 33:14; 97:2; 139:1, 11; Jr 23:24; Lk 12:2.
[15] Gn 6:5, 11; Lk 17:26.
[16] Gn 7:11, 17; Jb 15:32; Ps 55:23; 102:24; Ec 7:17; Mt 24:37; 1P 3:19; 2P 2:5.
[17] Jb 21:10, 14; Ps 4:6; Is 30:11; Mal 3:14; Mt 8:29, 34; Ro 1:28.
[18] 1S 2:7; Jb 12:6; 21:16; Ps 1:1; 17:14; Jr 12:2; Ac 14:17; 15:16.
[19] Jb 9:23; Ps 48:11; 52:6; 58:10; 97:8; 107:42; Pv 11:10; Rv 18:20; 19:1.
[20] Gn 19:24; Jb 1:16; 4:7; 8:3; 15:5; 20:18, 26; 21:27; Lk 13:1; 17:29; 2P 2:6.

He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.

21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. 22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. 23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. 24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the [gold] of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. 26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. 28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 29 When [men] are cast down, then thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. 30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

[21] 1Ch 28:9; Is 27:5; 57:19; Mt 5:25; Jn 17:3; Ac 10:36; 2Co 4:6; 5:20; Ep 2:14; Php 4:7.
[22] Dt 4:1; 6:6; Jb 23:12; Ps 119:11; Pv 2:1; 4:4, 21; Jr 15:16; Mt 12:35; 13:52; Lk 2:19, 51; 1Th 4:1.
[23] Jsh 7:13; Jb 8:5; 11:13, 14; 12:14; 18:15; Is 33:15; 55:6; Jr 31:4; Ho 14:1; Zc 1:3; 5:3; Ac 26:20; Col 2:7; 2Ti 2:19; Jde 1:20.
[24] Gn 10:29; 1K 9:28; 10:21; 22:48; 2Ch 1:5; 9:10, 27; Ps 45:9; Is 13:12.
[25] Gn 15:1; Ps 16:5; 18:2; 84:11; Is 33:6; 41:10; Ro 8:31; 2Co 6:10; Jm 2:5.
[26] Jb 11:15; 27:10; 34:9; Ps 25:1; 37:4; 86:4; 143:8; So 2:3; Is 58:14; Ro 7:22; 1Jn 3:20.
[27] Ps 50:14; 56:12; 66:13, 17, 18; 91:15; 116:1, 14; Ec 5:4; Is 58:9; Jna 2:9; 1Jn 5:14.
[28] Jb 29:3; Ps 20:4; 90:17; 97:11; 112:4; Pv 4:18; Is 30:21; Lm 3:37; Mal 4:2; Mt 21:22; Jn 8:12; Jm 4:15.
[29] Jb 5:19; Ps 9:2; 91:14; 92:9; 138:6; Pv 29:23; Is 57:15; 66:2; Ezk 21:26; Lk 1:52; 14:11; 18:9; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5.
[30] Gn 18:26; Jb 42:8; Is 1:15; 58:12; Jr 5:1; Mal 1:9; Mt 17:19; Ac 19:15; 27:24; 1Ti 2:8; Jm 5:15.


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