Eliphaz's Third Speech

1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite (a)responded,

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

1 Then in response, Eliphaz from Teman said:

2 Can a man be useful to God, as he who is wise may be useful to himself?

2 “Can a vigorous (A)man be of use to God,Or a wise man be useful to himself?

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 you are righteous, or gain to Him that you make your ways perfect?

3 “Is there any pleasure to (b)the Almighty if you are righteous,Or profit if you make your ways perfect?

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 Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous?Does He profit if you perfect your behavior?(A)

3 Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?

4 Will He reprove you because of your reverence, or enter into judgment with you?

4 “Is it because of your (c)reverence that He reproves you,That He (B)enters into judgment against you?

4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

4 Does He correct you and take you to courtbecause of your piety?(B)

4 Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?

5 Is not your wickedness great, and your iniquity without measure?

5 “Is not (C)your wickedness great,And your iniquities without end?

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?

6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

6 “For you have (D)taken pledges of your brothers without cause,And (E)stripped (d)men naked.

6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

6 For you took collateral(C) from your brothers without cause,stripping off their clothes and leaving them naked.

6 "After all, you've taken collateral from your relatives for no reason; you stripped the naked of their clothing.

7 You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you have held back bread from the hungry.

7 “To the weary you have (F)given no water to drink,And from the hungry you have (G)withheld bread.

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

7 You gave no water to the thirstyand withheld food from the famished,(D)

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 honored man lived in it.

8 “But the earth (H)belongs to the (I)mighty man,And (J)the honorable man dwells in it.

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.

9 You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

9 “You have sent (K)widows away empty,And the (e)strength of the (L)orphans has been crushed.

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

9 You sent widows away empty-handed,and the strength of the fatherless(E) was(a) crushed.

9 You sent away widows empty-handed, and broke the outstretched arms of orphans.

10 Therefore snares are all around you, and sudden fear troubles you;

10 “Therefore (M)snares surround you,And sudden (N)dread terrifies you,

10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

10 Therefore snares surround you,and sudden dread terrifies(F) you,

10 That's why disaster surrounds you, terror suddenly overwhelms you,

11 or darkness, so that you cannot see; and a flood of waters covers you.

11 Or (O)darkness, so that you cannot see,And an (P)abundance of water covers you.

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

11 or darkness, so you cannot see,and a flood of water covers you.(G)

11 you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."

12 Is not God high in Heaven? And behold the leading stars, for they are high.

12 “Is not God (Q)in the height of heaven?Look also at the (f)distant stars, how high they are!

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!

13 And you say, What does God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?

13 “You say, ‘(R)What does God know?Can He judge through the thick darkness?

13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

13 Yet you say: “What does God know?Can He judge through thick darkness?(H)

13 You've asked, "What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'

14 Clouds are a covering to Him, so that He does not see; and He walks in the circuit of Heaven.

14 (S)Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;And He walks on the (g)vault of heaven.’

14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.

14 Clouds(I) veil Him so that He cannot see,as He walks on the circle of the sky.”

14 Thick clouds cover him so he can't see as he walks back and forth at heaven's horizon.

15 Do you keep to the old way which wicked men have walked?

15 “Will you keep to the ancient pathWhich (T)wicked men have trod,

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 They were seized, but there was not time; their foundation was poured out by a flood;

16 Who were snatched away (U)before their time,Whose (V)foundations were (h)washed away by a river?

16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:

16 They were snatched away before their time,and their foundations(J) were washed away by a river.

16 who were snatched away before their time; when their foundation was swept away by a river?

17 who said to God, Depart from us; and, What can the Almighty do to them?

17 “They (W)said to God, ‘Depart from us!’And ‘What can (i)the Almighty do to them?’

17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

17 They were the ones who said to God, “Leave us alone!”and “What can the Almighty do to us?”(b)(K)

17 They told God, "Get away from us!' and "What will the Almighty do to them?'

18 Yet He filled their houses with substance; and the wisdom of the wicked is far from me.

18 “Yet He (X)filled their houses with good things;But (Y)the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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.

19 The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn.

19 “The (Z)righteous see and are glad,And the innocent mock them,

19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.

19 The righteous see this and rejoice;the innocent mock them, saying,(L)

19 The righteous will see this and rejoice; the innocent will insult him, saying,

20 Truly our foe is not cut down, and fire has eaten their wealth.

20 Saying, ‘Truly our adversaries are cut off,And their (j)abundance (AA)the fire has consumed.’

20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

20 “Surely our opponents are destroyed,and fire has consumed what they left behind.”(M)

20 "Our enemies are sure to be destroyed, and fire will burn up what's left of their riches."

Make Peace With God

21 Now be of service with Him, and be at peace. Good shall come to you by them.

21 (k)(AB)Yield now and be at peace with Him;Thereby good will come to you.

21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

21 Come to terms with God and be at peace;(N)in this way(c) good will come to you.

21 "Get to know God, and you'll be at peace with him, and then prosperity will come to you.

22 Please receive the Law from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.

22 “Please receive (l)(AC)instruction from His mouthAnd establish His words in your heart.

22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

22 Receive instruction from His mouth,(O)and place His sayings(P) in your heart.

22 Accept what he has to teach you, and treasure his words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up; you shall put away injustice far from your tents.

23 “If you (AD)return to (m)the Almighty, you will be (n)restored;If you (AE)remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

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(Q) to the Almighty, you will be renewed.If you banish injustice from your tent

23 "If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.

24 Then you shall lay up gold like dust, and among the rock of the torrents of Ophir.

24 And (AF)place your (o)gold in the dust,And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,

24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

24 and consign your gold to the dust,the gold of Ophir(R) to the stones in the wadis,

24 Bury your gold nuggets in the dust, and your source of gold among the stones in a streambed,

25 Yea, the Almighty shall be your gold and silver, and strength to you.

25 Then (p)the Almighty will be your (q)goldAnd choice silver to you.

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.

26 For then you shall have your delight in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.

26 “For then you will (AG)delight in (r)the AlmightyAnd lift up your face to God.

26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

26 Then you will delight(S) in the Almightyand lift up your face to God.(T)

26 "Then you'll take delight in the Almighty; and will turn your face toward God.

27 You shall make your prayer to Him, and He shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows.

27 “You will (AH)pray to Him, and (AI)He will hear you;And you will pay your vows.

27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

27 You will pray to Him, and He will hear you,(U)and you will fulfill your vows.

27 You'll entreat him and he'll listen to you as you fulfill your vows.

28 You shall also order a thing, and it shall be fulfilled to you; and the light shall shine on your ways.

28 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;And (AJ)light will shine on your ways.

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, it will be carried out,(d)and light will shine on your ways.(V)

28 When you make a decision on something, it will be established for you, and light will brighten your way.

29 For they have humiliated you, and you shall say, Pride! And He shall save the lowly of eyes.

29 “When (s)you are cast down, you will speak with (t)confidence,And the (u)(AK)humble person He will save.

29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

29 When others are humiliated and you say, “Lift them up,”God will save the humble.(e)(W)

29 "For when they're humbled, you may respond; "It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.

30 He shall deliver one not innocent, and will deliver by the pureness of your hands.

30 “He will deliver one who is not innocent,And he will be (AL)delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

30 He will even rescue the guilty one,who will be rescued by the purity of your hands.(X)

30 He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."

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