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Job 22 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Third Dialogue

22 1-2 Is there anyone, even the wisest,
    who could ever be of use to God?
Does your doing right benefit God,
    or does your being good help him at all?
It is not because you stand in awe of God
    that he reprimands you and brings you to trial.
No, it's because you have sinned so much;
    it's because of all the evil you do.
To make a brother repay you the money he owed,
    you took away his clothes and left him nothing to wear.
You refused water to those who were tired,
    and refused to feed those who were hungry.
You used your power and your position
    to take over the whole land.
You not only refused to help widows,
    but you also robbed and mistreated orphans.
10 So now there are pitfalls all around you,
    and suddenly you are full of fear.
11 It has grown so dark that you cannot see,
    and a flood overwhelms you.

12 Doesn't God live in the highest heavens
    and look down on the stars, even though they are high?
13 And yet you ask, “What does God know?
    He is hidden by clouds—how can he judge us?”
14 You think the thick clouds keep him from seeing,
    as he walks on the dome of the sky.

15 Are you determined to walk in the paths
    that evil people have always followed?
16 Even before their time had come,
    they were washed away by a flood.
17 These are the ones who rejected God
    and believed that he could do nothing to them.
18 And yet it was God who made them prosperous—
    I can't understand the thoughts of the wicked.
19 Good people are glad and the innocent laugh
    when they see the wicked punished.
20 All that the wicked own is destroyed,
    and fire burns up anything that is left.

21 Now, Job, make peace with God
    and stop treating him like an enemy;
    if you do, then he will bless you.
22 Accept the teaching he gives;
    keep his words in your heart.
23 Yes, you must humbly[a] return to God
    and put an end to all the evil
    that is done in your house.
24 Throw away your gold;
    dump your finest gold in the dry stream bed.
25 Let Almighty God be your gold,
    and let him be silver, piled high for you.
26 Then you will always trust in God
    and find that he is the source of your joy.
27 When you pray, he will answer you,
    and you will keep the vows you made.
28 You will succeed in all you do,
    and light will shine on your path.
29 God brings down the proud[b]
    and saves the humble.
30 He will rescue you if you are innocent,[c]
    if what you do is right.[d]


  1. Job 22:23 One ancient translation humbly; Hebrew be built up.
  2. Job 22:29 Probable text proud; Hebrew unclear.
  3. Job 22:30 Some ancient translations innocent; Hebrew not innocent.
  4. Job 22:30 Verse 30 in Hebrew is unclear.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Job 22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great

22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

“Can a mortal be of use to God?
    Can even the wisest be of service to him?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty[a] if you are righteous,
    or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
Is it for your piety that he reproves you,
    and enters into judgment with you?
Is not your wickedness great?
    There is no end to your iniquities.
For you have exacted pledges from your family for no reason,
    and stripped the naked of their clothing.
You have given no water to the weary to drink,
    and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
The powerful possess the land,
    and the favored live in it.
You have sent widows away empty-handed,
    and the arms of the orphans you have crushed.[b]
10 Therefore snares are around you,
    and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11 or darkness so that you cannot see;
    a flood of water covers you.

12 “Is not God high in the heavens?
    See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 Therefore you say, ‘What does God know?
    Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14 Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see,
    and he walks on the dome of heaven.’
15 Will you keep to the old way
    that the wicked have trod?
16 They were snatched away before their time;
    their foundation was washed away by a flood.
17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone,’
    and ‘What can the Almighty[c] do to us?’[d]
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things—
    but the plans of the wicked are repugnant to me.
19 The righteous see it and are glad;
    the innocent laugh them to scorn,
20 saying, ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off,
    and what they left, the fire has consumed.’

21 “Agree with God,[e] and be at peace;
    in this way good will come to you.
22 Receive instruction from his mouth,
    and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty,[f] you will be restored,
    if you remove unrighteousness from your tents,
24 if you treat gold like dust,
    and gold of Ophir like the stones of the torrent-bed,
25 and if the Almighty[g] is your gold
    and your precious silver,
26 then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,[h]
    and lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
    and you will pay your vows.
28 You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you,
    and light will shine on your ways.
29 When others are humiliated, you say it is pride;
    for he saves the humble.
30 He will deliver even those who are guilty;
    they will escape because of the cleanness of your hands.”[i]


  1. Job 22:3 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  2. Job 22:9 Gk Syr Tg Vg: Heb were crushed
  3. Job 22:17 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  4. Job 22:17 Gk Syr: Heb them
  5. Job 22:21 Heb him
  6. Job 22:23 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  7. Job 22:25 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  8. Job 22:26 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  9. Job 22:30 Meaning of Heb uncertain
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Job 22 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

22 Next Elifaz the Teimani replied:

“Can a human be of advantage to God?
Can even the wisest benefit him?
Does Shaddai gain if you are righteous?
Does he profit if you make your ways blameless?

“Is he rebuking you because you fear him?
Is this why he enters into judgment with you?
Isn’t it because your wickedness is great?
Aren’t your iniquities endless?

“For you kept your kinsmen’s goods as collateral for no reason,
you stripped the poorly clothed of what clothing they have,
you didn’t give water to the weary to drink,
you withheld food from the hungry.
As a wealthy man, an owner of land,
and as a man of rank, who lives on it,
you sent widows away empty-handed
and left the arms of orphans crushed.

10 “No wonder there are snares all around you,
and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11 or darkness , so that you can’t see,
and a flood of water that covers you up!

12 “Isn’t God in the heights of heaven,
looking [down even] on the highest stars?
13 Yet you say, ‘What does God know?
Can he see through thick darkness to judge?
14 The clouds veil him off, so that he can’t see;
he just wanders around in heaven.’

15 “Are you going to keep to the old way,
the one the wicked have trodden,
16 the ones snatched away before their time,
whose foundations a flood swept away?
17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone!
What can Shaddai do to us?’
18 Yet he himself had filled their homes with good things!
(But the advice of the wicked is far away from me.)
19 The righteous saw this and rejoiced;
the innocent laughed them to scorn —
20 ‘Indeed, our substance has not been not cut off,
but the fire has consumed their wealth.’

21 “Learn to be at peace with [God];
in this way good will come [back] to you.
22 Please! Receive instruction from his mouth,
and take his words to heart.
23 If you return to Shaddai, you will be built up.
If you drive wickedness far from your tents,
24 if you lay your treasure down in the dust
and the gold of Ofir among the rocks in the vadis,
25 and let Shaddai be your treasure
and your sparkling silver;
26 then Shaddai will be your delight,
you will lift up your face to God;
27 you will entreat him, and he will hear you,
and you will pay what you vowed;
28 what you decide to do will succeed,
and light will shine on your path;
29 when someone is brought down, you will say, ‘It was pride,
because [God] saves the humble.’

30 “He delivers even the unclean;
so if your hands are clean, you will be delivered.”

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Job 22 The Message (MSG)

Eliphaz Attacks Job—The Third Round

Come to Terms with God

22 1-11 Once again Eliphaz the Temanite took up his theme:

“Are any of us strong enough to give God a hand,
    or smart enough to give him advice?
So what if you were righteous—would God Almighty even notice?
    Even if you gave a perfect performance, do you think
        he’d applaud?
Do you think it’s because he cares about your purity
    that he’s disciplining you, putting you on the spot?
Hardly! It’s because you’re a first-class moral failure,
    because there’s no end to your sins.
When people came to you for help,
    you took the shirts off their backs, exploited their helplessness.
You wouldn’t so much as give a drink to the thirsty,
    or food, not even a scrap, to the hungry.
And there you sat, strong and honored by everyone,
    surrounded by immense wealth!
You turned poor widows away from your door;
    heartless, you crushed orphans.
Now you’re the one trapped in terror, paralyzed by fear.
    Suddenly the tables have turned!
How do you like living in the dark, sightless,
    up to your neck in flood waters?

12-14 “You agree, don’t you, that God is in charge?
    He runs the universe—just look at the stars!
Yet you dare raise questions: ‘What does God know?
    From that distance and darkness, how can he judge?
He roams the heavens wrapped in clouds,
    so how can he see us?’

15-18 “Are you going to persist in that tired old line
    that wicked men and women have always used?
Where did it get them? They died young,
    flash floods sweeping them off to their doom.
They told God, ‘Get lost!
    What good is God Almighty to us?’
And yet it was God who gave them everything they had.
    It’s beyond me how they can carry on like this!

19-20 “Good people see bad people crash, and call for a celebration.
    Relieved, they crow,
‘At last! Our enemies—wiped out.
    Everything they had and stood for is up in smoke!’

21-25 “Give in to God, come to terms with him
    and everything will turn out just fine.
Let him tell you what to do;
    take his words to heart.
Come back to God Almighty
    and he’ll rebuild your life.
Clean house of everything evil.
    Relax your grip on your money
    and abandon your gold-plated luxury.
God Almighty will be your treasure,
    more wealth than you can imagine.

26-30 “You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One,
    and look to him joyfully, boldly.
You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen;
    he’ll help you do what you’ve promised.
You’ll decide what you want and it will happen;
    your life will be bathed in light.
To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave!’
    and God will save them.
Yes, even the guilty will escape,
    escape through God’s grace in your life.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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