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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 22

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Eliphaz's Third Speech. 1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2Can a man be profitable to God? x Jb 9, 2 . Though to himself a wise man be profitable! 22Can anyone teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those on high?* 3Is it of advantage to the Almighty if you are just? y Jb 35, 7 . Or is it a gain to him if you make your ways perfect? 4Is it because of your piety that he reproves you— that he enters with you into judgment? 5Is not your wickedness manifold? Are not your iniquities endless? 6You have unjustly kept your kinsmen's goods in pawn,* left them stripped naked of their clothing. z Jb 24, 3; Dt 24, 6, 17 Ez 18, 12, 16 . 7To the thirsty you have given no water to drink, and from the hungry you have withheld bread; 8As if the land belonged to the man of might, and only the privileged were to dwell in it. 9You have sent widows away empty‐handed, and the resources of orphans you have destroyed. a Dt 24, 17; 27, 19 . 10Therefore snares are round about you, b Jb 18, 8ff . and a sudden terror causes you dismay, 11Or darkness, in which you cannot see; a deluge of waters covers you. 12Does not God, in the heights of the heavens, c Jb 11, 8 . behold the stars, high though they are? 13Yet you say, “What does God know? d 13f: Pss 10, 11; 73, 11; 94, 7; Is 29, 15; Ez 8, 12: 9, 9 . Can he judge through the thick darkness? 14Clouds hide him so that he cannot see; he walks upon the vault of the heavens!” 15Do you indeed keep to the ancient way trodden by worthless men, 16Who were snatched away before their time; whose foundations a flood swept away? 17These men said to God, “Depart from us!” and, “What can the Almighty do to us?” 18[Yet he had filled their houses with good things! e Jb 21, 16 . But far be from me the mind of the impious!]* 19The just look on and are gladdened, and the innocent deride them: f Ps 107, 42 . 20“Truly these have been destroyed where they stood, and such as were left, fire has consumed!” 21Come to terms with him to be at peace. In this shall good come to you: 22Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you put iniquity far from your tent, 24And treat raw gold like dust, and the fine gold of Ophir* as pebbles from the brook, 25Then the Almighty himself shall be your gold and your sparkling silver. 26For then you shall delight in the Almighty and you shall lift up your face toward God. 27You shall entreat him and he will hear you, g Jb 33, 26 . and your vows you shall fulfill. 28When you make a decision, it shall succeed for you, and upon your ways the light shall shine. 29For he brings down the pride of the haughty, but the man of humble mien he saves. h Ps 138, 6; Prv 29, 23; Mt 23, 12; Lk 1, 52; Jas 4, 10; 1 Pt 5, 5 . 30God delivers him who is innocent; you shall be delivered through cleanness of hands. i Jb 17. 9; Ps 18, 21, 25 .

Notes:

x: Jb 9, 2 .

y: Jb 35, 7 .

z: Jb 24, 3; Dt 24, 6, 17 Ez 18, 12, 16 .

a: Dt 24, 17; 27, 19 .

b: Jb 18, 8ff .

c: Jb 11, 8 .

d: 13f: Pss 10, 11; 73, 11; 94, 7; Is 29, 15; Ez 8, 12: 9, 9 .

e: Jb 21, 16 .

f: Ps 107, 42 .

g: Jb 33, 26 .

h: Ps 138, 6; Prv 29, 23; Mt 23, 12; Lk 1, 52; Jas 4, 10; 1 Pt 5, 5 .

i: Jb 17. 9; Ps 18, 21, 25 .

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