Eliphaz Speaks: Job's Wickedness Is Great

Job 22

1 Then a Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2 "Can b a man be profitable to God,
Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous?
Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?
4 "Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,
And enters into judgment with you?
5 Is not your wickedness great,
And your iniquity without end?
6 For you have c taken pledges from your brother for no reason,
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given the weary water to drink,
And you d have withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But the 1 mighty man possessed the land,
And the honorable man dwelt in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty,
And the 2 strength of the fatherless was crushed.
10 Therefore snares are all around you,
And sudden fear troubles you,
11 Or darkness so that you cannot see;
And an abundance of e water covers you.

12 "Is not God in the height of heaven?
And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 And you say, f 'What does God know?
Can He judge through the deep darkness?
14 g Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see,
And He walks above the circle of heaven.'
15 Will you keep to the old way
Which wicked men have trod,
16 Who h were cut down before their time,
Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?
17 i They said to God, 'Depart from us!
What can the Almighty do to 3 them?'
18 Yet He filled their houses with good things;
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 "The j righteous see it and are glad,
And the innocent laugh at them:
20 'Surely our 4 adversaries are cut down,
And the fire consumes their remnant.'

21 "Now acquaint yourself with Him, and k be at peace;
Thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive, please, l instruction from His mouth,
And m lay up His words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;
You will remove iniquity far from your tents.
24 Then you will n lay your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty will be your 5 gold
And your precious silver;
26 For then you will have your o delight in the Almighty,
And lift up your face to God.
27 p You will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows.
28 You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
29 When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come!'
Then q He will save the humble person.
30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent;
Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands."

  1. Cross References
    Job 4:1
    Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
    Job 15:1
    Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
    Job 42:9
    So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.
  2. Cross References
    Job 35:7
    If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?
    Psalms 16:2
    O my soul, you have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.
    Luke 17:10
    "So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'"
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 22:26
    If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a p...
    Exodus 22:27
    For that is his only covering, it is his garmen...
    Deuteronomy 24:6
    No man shall take the lower or the upper millst...
    Deuteronomy 24:10
    When you lend your brother anything, you shall ...
    Deuteronomy 24:17
    You shall not pervert justice due the stranger ...
    Job 24:3
    They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; T...
    Job 24:9
    Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And...
    Ezekiel 18:16
    Has not oppressed anyone, Nor withheld a pledge...
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 15:7
    If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother.
    Job 31:17
    Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it
    Isaiah 58:7
    Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
    Ezekiel 18:7
    If he has not oppressed anyone, But has restored to the debtor his pledge; Has robbed no one by violence, But has given his bread to the hungry And covered the naked with clothing.
    Matthew 25:42
    For I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink.
  5. Cross References
    Job 38:34
    Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you?
    Psalms 69:1
    Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
    Psalms 69:2
    I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.
    Psalms 124:5
    Then the swollen waters Would have gone over our soul.
    Lamentations 3:54
    The waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 73:11
    And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 139:11
    If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me.
    Psalms 139:12
    Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
  8. Cross References
    Job 14:19
    As water wears away stones, And as torrents was...
    Job 15:32
    It will be accomplished before his time, And hi...
    Psalms 90:5
    You carry them away like a flood; They are like...
    Isaiah 28:2
    Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, L...
    Matthew 7:26
    But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, a...
    Matthew 7:27
    "and the rain descended, the floods came, and t...
  9. Cross References
    Job 21:14
    Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
    Job 21:15
    Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 52:6
    The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying.
    Psalms 58:10
    The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
    Psalms 107:42
    The righteous see it and rejoice, And all iniquity stops its mouth.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 34:10
    The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
    Isaiah 27:5
    Or let him take hold of My strength, That he may make peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me.
  12. Cross References
    Job 6:10
    Then I would still have comfort; Though in anguish I would exult, He will not spare; For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
    Job 23:12
    I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
    Proverbs 2:6
    For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 119:11
    Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
  14. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 1:15
    Also the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
  15. Cross References
    Job 27:10
    Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?
    Psalms 37:4
    Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
    Isaiah 58:14
    Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
  16. Cross References
    Job 11:13
    If you would prepare your heart, And stretch out your hands toward Him.
    Job 33:26
    He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.
    Isaiah 58:9 - 11
    Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.
  17. Cross References
    Job 5:11
    He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
    Matthew 23:12
    And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
    James 4:6
    But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
    1 Peter 5:5
    Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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