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Job 22:1-4, 21-23:7

Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great

22Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2 ‘Can a mortal be of use to God?
   Can even the wisest be of service to him?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty* if you are righteous,
   or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
4 Is it for your piety that he reproves you,
   and enters into judgement with you?
21 ‘Agree with God,* 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,* 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* is your gold
   and your precious silver,
26 then you will delight in the Almighty,*
   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.’*

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Bitter

23Then Job answered:
2 ‘Today also my complaint is bitter;*
   his* hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3 O that I knew where I might find him,
   that I might come even to his dwelling!
4 I would lay my case before him,
   and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would learn what he would answer me,
   and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
   No; but he would give heed to me.
7 There an upright person could reason with him,
   and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.

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