Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
as he that, etc
or, if he may be profitable, doth his good success depend thereon?
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?
will he enter
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.
Heb. stripped the clothes of the naked.
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.
Heb. man of arm. honourable. Heb. eminent, or, accepted for countenance.
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!
Heb. head. the stars.
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
or, What. doth God know.
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?
the old way
Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
whose foundation was overflown with a flood
Heb. a flood was poured upon their foundation.
Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
or, to them.
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
or, our estate.
or, their excellency. the fire.
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
that is, God. be at peace.
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
or, on the dust. Ophir.
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
plenty of silver
Heb. silver of strength.
For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
the humble person
Heb. him that hath low eyes.
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
He shall deliver the island of the innocent
or, The innocent shall deliver the island.