2 “Can anyone ·be of real use to [benefit] God? Can even a ·wise [skilled] person ·do him good [benefit him]? 3 Does it ·help [delight; give pleasure to] ·the Almighty [Shaddai] for you to be ·good [righteous]? ·Does he gain anything [What profit is it to him] if you are ·innocent [blameless]? 4 Does God ·punish [reprimand; reprove] you for ·respecting him [L your fear; C in the sense of piety]? Does he ·bring you into court for this [L enter into judgment with you]? 5 No! It is because your evil is ·without limits [L abundant] and your ·sins have [guilt has] no end. 6 You ·took your brothers’ things for a debt they didn’t owe [L exacted pledges from your brothers for no reason; Ex. 21:25–27]; you took clothes from people and left them naked. 7 You did not give water to ·tired [weary] people, and you kept food from the ·hungry [famished; starving]. 8 ·You were a powerful man who [L The powerful] owned land; ·you were honored and [L the favored] lived in the land. 9 But you sent widows away empty-handed, and you ·mistreated [L crushed the arms/strength of the] orphans. 10 That is why traps are all around you and sudden danger frightens you. 11 That is why it is so dark you cannot see and a flood of water covers you.
12 “·God is [L Is not God…?] in the highest part of heaven. See how high the highest stars are [C God is even higher]! 13 But you ask, ‘What does God know? Can he judge us through the ·dark clouds [thick darkness]? 14 Thick clouds ·cover [hide] him so he cannot see us as he ·walks [wanders] around ·high up in the sky [L the vault/dome of heaven; C Eliphaz suspects Job denies God knows what is going on in human affairs].’ 15 Are you going to ·stay on [guard] the ·old [ancient] path where ·evil [guilty] people ·walk [tread]? 16 They were ·carried away [or bound up] before their time was up, and their foundations were washed away by a ·flood [L river]. 17 They said to God, ‘·Leave us alone [Get away from us; 21:14]! ·The Almighty can do nothing [L What can the Almighty/Shaddai do…?] to us.’ 18 But ·it was God [L was it not he…?] who filled their houses with good things. Their ·way of thinking [plan; counsel] is ·different [far] from mine [21:16].
19 “·Good [Righteous] people can watch and be glad; the innocent can ·laugh at [mock; ridicule] them and say, 20 ‘Surely our enemies are destroyed, and fire burns up ·their wealth [or what is left of theirs].’
21 “·Obey God [L Get along with him] and be at peace with him; this is the way to ·happiness [or prosperity; C Eliphaz calls on Job to repent]. 22 Accept ·teaching [instruction] from his mouth, and ·keep [put] his words in your heart. 23 If you return to ·the Almighty [Shaddai], you will be ·blessed again [L restored]. So remove ·evil [iniquity] from your ·house [L tent]. 24 ·Throw [Put] your gold nuggets into the dust and ·your fine gold [L Ophir; C referring to the fine gold of the region of Ophir, perhaps southern Arabia] among the rocks in the ·ravines [wadis]. 25 Then ·the Almighty [Shaddai] will be your gold and the ·best [choice] silver for you. 26 You will ·find pleasure [delight] in ·the Almighty [Shaddai], and you will ·look up [show favor] to him. 27 You will ·pray to [entreat] him, and he will hear you, and you will keep your ·promises [vows; C made in anticipation of answered prayer] to him. 28 Anything you decide will be done, and light will ·shine on [illuminate] your ways. 29 When people are made humble and you say, ‘·Have courage [or It is pride],’ then ·the humble [L those with downcast eyes] will be saved. 30 ·Even a guilty person will escape [or He rescues the innocent] and ·be saved [or and saves you] because your hands are ·clean [pure].”
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