1 Respondens autem Eliphaz Themanites dixit:
22:2" Numquid Deo prodesse potest homo, cum vix intellegens sibi ipse proderit?
3 Quid prodest Omnipotenti, si iustus fueris, aut quid ei confers, si immaculatam feceris viam tuam?
4 Numquid pro tua pietate arguet te et veniet tecum in iudicium?
5 Et non propter malitiam tuam plurimam et infinitas iniquitates tuas?
6 Sumpsisti enim pignori fratres tuos sine causa et nudos spoliasti vestibus.
7 Aquam lasso non dedisti et esurienti cohibuisti panem.
8 Numquid viro forti brachio erit terra, et acceptus sedebit in ea?
9 Viduas dimisisti vacuas et lacertos pupillorum comminuisti.
10 Propterea circumdatus es laqueis, et conturbat te subita formido.
11 Vel tenebras non vides, et impetus aquarum opprimit te.
12 "Nonne Deus excelsior caelo? Et inspice stellarum verticem: quam sublimis!".
13 Et dicis: "Quid enim novit Deus et quasi per caliginem iudicat?
14 Nubes latibulum eius, nec nostra considerat; et circa orbem caeli perambulat".
15 Numquid semitam saeculorum custodire cupis, quam calcaverunt viri iniqui?
16 Qui sublati ante tempus suum, et fluvius subvertit fundamentum eorum.
17 Qui dicebant Deo: "Recede a nobis!" et "Quid faciet Omnipotens nobis?".
18 Cum ille implesset domos eorum bonis, quorum sententia procul erat ab eo.
19 Videbunt iusti et laetabuntur, et innocens subsannabit eos:
20 "Vere succisus est status eorum, et reliquias eorum devoravit ignis".
21 Acquiesce igitur ei, et habeto pacem; et per haec habebis fructus optimos.
22 Suscipe ex ore illius legem et pone sermones eius in corde tuo.
23 Si reversus fueris ad Omnipotentem, aedificaberis et longe facies iniquitatem a tabernaculo tuo.
24 Comparabis tamquam terram aurum et tamquam glaream torrentis Ophir.
25 Eritque Omnipotens metallum tuum, et argentum coacervabitur tibi.
26 Tunc super Omnipotentem deliciis afflues et elevabis ad Deum faciem tuam.
27 Supplex rogabis eum, et exaudiet te, et vota tua reddes.
28 Decernes rem, et veniet tibi, et in viis tuis splendebit lumen.
29 Quia humiliat eum, qui loquitur superba, et demissus oculis ipse salvabitur.
30 Eripiet innocentem, eripietur autem in munditia manuum suarum".
King James Version
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto 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?
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
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: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.