2 “Can a man be of use to God?
Can anyone with insight be of benefit to him?+
Or does he gain anything because you follow the course of integrity?+
4 Will he punish you
And enter into judgment with you for your reverence?
6 For you seize a pledge from your brothers for no reason,
And sudden terrors frighten you;
11 That is why it is so dark that you cannot see,
And a flood of water covers you.
12 Is not God in the heights of heaven?
And see how high all the stars are.
13 But you have said: ‘What does God really know?
Can he judge through thick gloom?
15 Will you follow the ancient path
That wicked men have walked,
17 They were saying to the true God: ‘Leave us alone!’
And ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’
18 Yet, he is the One who filled their houses with good things.
(Such wicked thinking is far from my own.)
19 The righteous will see this and rejoice,
And the innocent will mock them and say:
20 ‘Our opponents have been destroyed,
And a fire will consume what is left of them.’
21 Get to know Him, and you will be at peace;
Then good things will come your way.
If you remove unrighteousness from your tent,
And he will be your choicest silver.
26 For then your delight will be in the Almighty,
And you will lift up your face to God.
27 You will entreat him, and he will hear you;
And your vows you will pay.
28 Whatever you decide to do will succeed,
And light will shine upon your path.
30 He will rescue those who are innocent;
So if your hands are clean, you will certainly be rescued.”