New International Version
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
"Can a human being be of benefit to God? Can even the wise benefit him?"
What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
"Is it for your piety that he rebukes you and brings charges against you?"
Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless?
You demanded security from your relatives for no reason; you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.
You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry,
Though you were a powerful man, owning land – an honored man, living on it.
And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless.
That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you
Why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!"
Yet you say, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?
Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.'
Will you keep to the old path that the wicked have trod?
THEN ELIPHAZ the Temanite answered [Job]
Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he that is wise is profitable to himself. [Ps. 16:2; Luke 17:10.]
Is it any pleasure or advantage to the Almighty that you are righteous (upright and in right standing with Him)? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways perfect? [Isa. 62:3; Zech. 2:8; Mal. 3:17; Acts 20:28.]
Is it for your [reverential] fear of Him that He [thus] reproves you, that He enters with you into judgment?
Is not your wickedness great? There is no end to your iniquities.
For you have taken pledges of your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
You have not given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry. [Matt. 25:42.]
But [you, Job] the man with power possessed the land, and the favored and accepted man dwelt in it.
You have sent widows away empty-handed, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Therefore snares are round about you, and sudden fear troubles and overwhelms you
Your light is darkened, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
Therefore you say, How and what does God know [about me]? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
Thick clouds are a covering to Him, so that He does not see, and He walks on the vault of the heavens.
Will you pay attention and keep to the old way that wicked men trod [in Noah's time], [II Pet. 2:5.]
King James Version
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
Becoming a Christian
Would you like to experience forgiveness and new life from the God of the Bible,
who calls every person to believe that he sent his son Jesus Christ
to make this possible?
The Bible explains why everyone needs to receive forgiveness and is called to serve
Jesus Christ. The consistency of the Bible story, which was authored by people living
thousands of years apart from diverse cultures and even different languages, is
often cited as evidence of divine inspiration. Wikipedia has a list of many
prophesies which have come true.
The story of God's plan to restore his relationship with us can be summarised in eight
famous Bible verses below.
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
- If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The truth in these verses is simple, yet to embrace it means letting go of all our personal hopes and
dreams and embracing God's greater purpose for our lives instead,
a purpose far above anything we could dream or imagine.
This is the most important decision you will ever make, because it affects not just the rest of
your life here on earth, but what comes after as well. Don't put it off until too late. If you
died tonight make the decision to spend eternity with your loving Father in Heaven.
If you're wondering what to do next as a new Christian, check out these helpful suggestions from Mary Fairchild on About.com: