2 “Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself? 3 Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is[a] blameless? 4 Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf? 5 Your wickedness is great, isn’t it? There’s no limit to your iniquity, is there?
6 “After all, you’ve taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.[b] 7 You’ve neglected to give water to the weary,[c] and you’ve withheld food from the hungry. 8 The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged[d] thrive in it. 9 You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans. 10 That’s why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you, 11 you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles[e] drowns you.”
Eliphaz Acknowledges God but Issues an Imprecatory Prayer
12 “Isn’t God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are! 13 You’ve asked, ‘What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?’[f] 14 Thick clouds cover him so he can’t see as he walks back and forth at heaven’s horizon.
15 “Will you keep walking on the traditional path that sinners[g] have tread, 16 who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was swept away by a river? 17 They told God, ‘Get away from us!’ and ‘What will the Almighty do to them?’
18 “Though God[h] fills their houses with good things, the counsel of the wicked will remain far from me. 19 The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,[i] 20 ‘Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what’s left of their riches.”
Eliphaz Challenges Job to Repent
21 “Get to know God, and you’ll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you. 22 Accept what he has to teach you, and treasure his words in your heart.
23 “If you return to the Almighty you’ll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.[j] 24 Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold[k] among the stones in a streambed, 25 and then the Almighty will be your gold and your refined silver.
26 “Then you’ll take delight in the Almighty; and will turn your face toward God. 27 You’ll entreat him and he’ll listen to you as you fulfill your vows. 28 When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten[l] your way.
29 “For when they’re humbled, you may respond;[m] ‘It’s their pride!’ but he delivers the humble. 30 He’ll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence.”[n]
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