1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2Can a man be of any use to God?
Can even a wise man be of use to him?
3Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous?
4Does he correct you and take you to court
5Isn’t your wickedness abundant
and aren’t your iniquities endless?
stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked.
7You gave no water to the thirsty
8while the land belonged to a powerful man
and an influential man lived on it.
9You sent widows away empty-handed,
and the strength of the fatherless22:9 Jb 24:3; Is 10:2; Ezk 22:7 was22:9 LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg read you have crushed.
10Therefore snares surround you,
11or darkness, so you cannot see,
12Isn’t God as high as the heavens?
And look at the highest stars — how lofty they are!
13Yet you say, “What does God know?
as he walks on the circle of the sky.”
15Will you continue on the ancient path
that wicked men have walked?
16They were snatched away before their time,
17They were the ones who said to God, “Leave us alone!”
18But it was he who filled their houses with good things.
The counsel of the wicked is far from me!
19The righteous see this and rejoice;
20“Surely our opponents are destroyed,
in this way22:21 Lit peace; by them good will come to you.
If you banish injustice from your tent
24and consign your gold to the dust,
25the Almighty will be your gold
and your finest silver.
and you will fulfill your vows.
28When you make a decision, it will be carried out,22:28 Lit out for you
29When others are humiliated and you say, “Lift them up,”
30He will even rescue the guilty one,
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