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Job - Chapter 022

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Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

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Can a man be profitable unto God? Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?

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Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?

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Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee, that He entereth with thee into judgment?

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Is not thy wickedness great? And are not thine iniquities without end?

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For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

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Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.

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And as a mighty man, who hath the earth, and as a man of rank, who dwelleth in it,

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Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

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Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden dread affrighted thee,

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Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and abundance of waters cover thee.

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Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!

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And thou sayest: 'What doth God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?

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Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not; and He walketh in the circuit of heaven.'

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Wilt thou keep the old way which wicked men have trodden?

Continued...

22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream;

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Who said unto God: 'Depart from us'; and what could the Almighty do unto them?

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Yet He filled their houses with good things--but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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The righteous saw it, and were glad, and the innocent laugh them to scorn:

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'Surely their substance is cut off, and their abundance the fire hath consumed.'

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Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby shall thine increase be good.

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Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in thy heart.

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If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up--if thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,

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And lay thy treasure in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;

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And the Almighty be thy treasure, and precious silver unto thee;

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Then surely shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

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Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows;

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Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee, and light shall shine upon thy ways.

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When they cast thee down, thou shalt say: 'There is lifting up'; for the humble person He saveth.

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He delivereth him that is innocent, yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

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-- Job - Chapter 022 --





 
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