22 And El′i·phaz the Te′man·ite proceeded to answer and say:
That anyone having insight should be of use toward him?
Or any gain in that you make your way blameless?+
4 For your reverence will he reprove you,
Will he come with you into the judgment?+
5 Is not your own badness too much already,+
And will there be no end to your errors?
6 For you seize a pledge from your brothers without cause,+
And you strip off even the garments of naked people.
7 You do not give the tired one a drink of water,
And from the hungry one you hold back bread.+
And one who is treated with partiality himself dwells in it.
10 That is why bird traps are all around you,+
And sudden dread disturbs you;
11 Or darkness, [so that] you cannot see,
And a heaving mass of water itself covers you.
13 And yet you have said: ‘What does God* really know?
Through thick gloom can he judge?
14 Clouds are a concealment place for him so that he does not see,
And on the vault of heaven he walks about.’
15 Will you keep to the very way of long ago
That hurtful men* have trodden,
16 [Men] who have been snatched away before their time,+
Whose foundation+ is poured away just as a river,
And what can the Almighty accomplish against us?’*
18 Yet he himself has filled their houses with good things;+
And the very counsel of wicked ones has kept far from me.+
19 The righteous ones will see and rejoice,+
And the innocent one himself will hold them in derision:
20 ‘Truly our antagonists* have been effaced;
And what is left of them a fire will certainly eat up.’
21 Acquaint yourself, please, with him, and keep peace;
Thereby good things will come to you.
22 Take, please, the law from his own mouth,
And put his sayings in your heart.+
23 If you return to the Almighty,+ you will be built up;
[If] you will keep unrighteousness far from your tent,
24 And [if] there is a placing of precious ore in the dust
And gold of O′phir+ in the rock of torrent valleys,
25 The Almighty also will indeed become your precious ores,
And silver, the choicest, to you.+
26 For then in the Almighty you will find your exquisite delight,+
28 And you will decide on something, and it will stand for you;
And upon your ways light will certainly shine.+
29 For there must be a humiliation when you speak arrogantly;+
But one with downcast eyes he will save.+