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?
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 has sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless
have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters
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.
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.
1 Then Job answered
2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than
3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even
to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand
what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he
would put strength in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be
delivered for ever from my judge.
8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but
I cannot perceive him:
9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold
him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his
soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and
many such things are with him.
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider,
I am afraid of him.
16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth
17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath
he covered the darkness from my face.
1 Why, seeing times
are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not
see his days?
2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks,
and feed thereof.
3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's
ox for a pledge.
4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth
hide themselves together.
5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their
work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food
for them and for their children.
6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather
the vintage of the wicked.
7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they
have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace
the rock for want of a shelter.
9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge
of the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take
away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses,
and suffer thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded
crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know
not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy,
and in the night is as a thief.
15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying,
No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked
for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if
one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the
earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave
those which have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on
him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be
broken as a tree.
21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth
not good to the widow.
22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up,
and no man is sure of life.
23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth;
yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought
low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off
as the tops of the ears of corn.
25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make
my speech nothing worth?