Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great
22 Then zEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 a“Can a man be profitable to God?
Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right,
or is it gain to him if you bmake your ways blameless?
4 Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you
and centers into judgment with you?
5 Is not your evil abundant?
There is no end to your iniquities.
6 For you have dexacted pledges of your brothers for nothing
eand stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have given no water to the weary to drink,
and you have fwithheld bread from the hungry.
8 gThe man with power possessed the land,
and hthe favored man lived in it.
9 You have isent widows away empty,
10 Therefore lsnares are all around you,
and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11 or mdarkness, so that you cannot see,
12 “Is not God high in the heavens?
See pthe highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 But you say, q‘What does God know?
Can he judge through rthe deep darkness?
14 sThick clouds veil him, so that he does not see,
and he walks on the vault of heaven.’
15 Will you keep to the old way
that wicked men have trod?
16 They were snatched away tbefore their time;
their foundation was washed away.1
17 They said to God, u‘Depart from us,’
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things—
but wthe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 xThe righteous see it and are glad;
the innocent one ymocks at them,
20 saying, ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off,
and what they left zthe fire has consumed.’
thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive instruction from chis mouth,
and dlay up his words in your heart.
if you gremove injustice far from your tents,
24 if you lay gold in hthe dust,
and gold of iOphir among the stones of the torrent-bed,
25 then the Almighty will be your gold
and your precious silver.
26 For then you jwill delight yourself in the Almighty
and klift up your face to God.
27 You will lmake your prayer to him, and he will hear you,
and you will mpay your vows.
28 You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you,
and nlight will shine on your ways.
29 For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’;3
but he saves othe lowly.
30 He pdelivers even the one who is not innocent,
who will be delivered through qthe cleanness of your hands.”
Job Replies: Where Is God?
23 Then Job answered and said:
my shand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3 Oh, tthat I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his useat!
4 I would vlay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he wcontend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8 “Behold, xI go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
when he has btried me, I shall come out as gold.
11 My foot chas held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have dnot turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
What he hdesires, that he does.
14 For he will complete what he iappoints for me,
and many such things are jin his mind.
15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16 God has made my kheart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
17 yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
nor because thick darkness covers my face.
and why do those who know him never see his ndays?
2 Some move olandmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they ptake the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4 They qthrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth rall hide themselves.
5 Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the wasteland yields food for their children.
6 They gather their7 fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7 They ulie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and vcling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10 They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they wcarry the sheaves;
11 among the olive rows of the wicked8 they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12 From out of the city the dying9 groan,
and the soul of xthe wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with ywrong.
13 “There are those who rebel zagainst the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
14 The murderer rises before it is light,
that he amay kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer also waits for bthe twilight,
saying, ‘No ceye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
16 In the dark they ddig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
17 For edeep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
18 “You say, f‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does gSheol those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are hno longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like ia tree.’
21 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
22 Yet God10 prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23 He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his jeyes are upon their ways.
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are mcut off like the heads of grain.
25 If it is nnot so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
71 iIn you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
3 Be to me a rock of jrefuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have kgiven the command to save me,
for you are my lrock and my fortress.
4 mRescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5 For you, O Lord, are my nhope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
6 Upon you I have leaned ofrom before my birth;
you are he who ptook me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.
7 I have been as qa portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8 My rmouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
9 sDo not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me;
11 and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, be not vfar from me;
O my God, wmake haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be xput to shame and consumed;
ywith scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who zseek my hurt.
14 But I will ahope continually
and will bpraise you yet more and more.
15 My cmouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for dtheir number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to eold age and gray hairs,
O God, fdo not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
19 Your grighteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done hgreat things,
O God, iwho is like you?
20 You who have jmade me see many troubles and calamities
will krevive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you with lthe harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O mHoly One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have nredeemed.
24 And my otongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been pput to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt.