1: Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
2: "Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
3: Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?
4: Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?
5: Isn't your wickedness great? Neither is there any end to your iniquities.
6: For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7: You haven't given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8: But as for the mighty man, he had the earth. The honorable man, he lived in it.
9: You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10: Therefore snares are around you. Sudden fear troubles you,
11: or darkness, so that you can not see, and floods of waters cover you.
12: "Isn't God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!
13: You say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?
14: Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he doesn't see. He walks on the vault of the sky.'
15: Will you keep the old way, which wicked men have trodden,
16: who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
17: who said to God, 'Depart from us;' and, 'What can the Almighty do for us?'
18: Yet he filled their houses with good things, but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19: The righteous see it, and are glad. The innocent ridicule them,
20: saying, 'Surely those who rose up against us are cut off. The fire has consumed their remnant.'
21: "Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace. Thereby good shall come to you.
22: Please receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
23: If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
24: Lay your treasure in the dust, the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
25: The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you.
26: For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.
27: You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you. You shall pay your vows.
28: You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.
29: When they cast down, you shall say, 'be lifted up.' He will save the humble person.
30: He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."