2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
2 Can a man be of any use to God?Can even a wise man be of use to Him?
2 "Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
3 Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
4 Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?
4 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,That He enters into judgment against you?
5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
5 Isn’t your wickedness abundantand aren’t your iniquities endless?
5 Your wickedness is great, isn't it? There's no limit to your iniquity, is there?
5 “Is not your wickedness great,And your sins without end?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
6 "After all, you've taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.
6 “For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause,And stripped men naked.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
7 You've neglected to give water to the weary, and you've withheld food from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
8 while the land belonged to a powerful manand an influential man lived on it.
8 The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it.
8 “But the land is possessed by the man with power,And the favored and honorable man dwells in it.
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
9 You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans.
9 “You have sent widows away empty-handed,And the arms (strength) of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
10 That's why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you,
10 “Therefore snares surround you,And sudden dread terrifies and overwhelms you;
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
11 you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."
11 Or darkness, so that you cannot see,And a flood of water covers you.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
12 Isn’t God as high as the heavens?And look at the highest stars—how lofty they are!
12 "Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!
12 “Is not God in the height of heaven?And behold the distant stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
13 You've asked, "What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'
13 “You say, ‘What does God know [about me]?Can He judge through the thick darkness?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
14 Thick clouds cover him so he can't see as he walks back and forth at heaven's horizon.
14 ‘Thick clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see,And He walks on the vault (circle) of the heavens.’
15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
15 Will you continue on the ancient paththat wicked men have walked?
15 "Will you keep walking on the traditional path that sinners have tread,
16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
16 who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was swept away by a river?
16 Men who were snatched away before their time,Whose foundations were poured out like a river?
17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
17 They told God, "Get away from us!' and "What will the Almighty do to them?'
17 “They said to God, ‘Depart from us!What can the Almighty do for us or to us?’
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
18 But it was He who filled their houses with good things.The counsel of the wicked is far from me!
18 "Though God fills their houses with good things, the counsel of the wicked will remain far from me.
18 “Yet He filled their houses with good things;But the counsel of the wicked and ungodly is far from me.
19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
19 The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,
19 “The righteous see it and are glad;And the innocent mock and laugh at them, saying,
20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
20 "Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what's left of their riches."
20 ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off and destroyed,And fire has consumed their abundance.’
21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
21 "Get to know God, and you'll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.
21 “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace;In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
22 Accept what he has to teach you, and treasure his words in your heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
23 "If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.
23 “If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before Him], you will be built up [and restored];If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
24 Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold among the stones in a streambed,
24 And place your gold in the dust,And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks [considering it of little value],
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
25 the Almighty will be your goldand your finest silver.
25 and then the Almighty will be your gold and your refined silver.
25 And make the Almighty your goldAnd your precious silver,
26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
26 "Then you'll take delight in the Almighty; and will turn your face toward God.
26 Then you will have delight in the Almighty,And you will lift up your face to God.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
27 You'll entreat him and he'll listen to you as you fulfill your vows.
27 “You will pray to Him, and He will hear you,And you will pay your vows.
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
28 When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.
28 “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you;And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways.
29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
29 "For when they're humbled, you may respond; "It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.
29 “When you are cast down and humbled, you will speak with confidence,And the humble person He will lift up and save.
30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
30 He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."
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