Job 22:23
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New International Version
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent

New Living Translation
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored--so clean up your life.

English Standard Version
If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents,

New American Standard Bible
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

King James Bible
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you return to the Almighty, you will be renewed. If you banish injustice from your tent

International Standard Version
"If you return to the Almighty you'll be restored, as you remove iniquity from your household.

NET Bible
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; if you remove wicked behavior far from your tent,

New Heart English Bible
If you return to Shaddai, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you return to the Almighty, you will prosper. If you put wrongdoing out of your tent,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up-- If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,

New American Standard 1977
“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
            If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tent;

King James 2000 Bible
If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tents.

American King James Version
If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tabernacles.

American Standard Version
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou wilt return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, and shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up. If thou remove unrighteousness far from thy tents,

English Revised Version
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up; if thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou shalt return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

World English Bible
If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost return unto the Mighty Thou art built up, Thou puttest iniquity far from thy tents.
Study Bible
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
22"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart. 23"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent, 24And place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,…
Cross References
Job 8:5
"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

Job 11:13
"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,

Job 11:14
If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;

Isaiah 19:22
The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.

Isaiah 31:6
Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel.

Zechariah 1:3
"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tabernacles.

return

Job 8:5,6 If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty…

Job 11:13,14 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him…

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Hosea 14:1,2 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity…

Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

built up

Job 12:14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up …

Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: …

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you …

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, …

thou shalt

Job 11:14 If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness …

Job 18:15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone …

Joshua 7:13-16 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to …

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

Zechariah 5:3,4 Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face …

put

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

(23) Thou shalt put away iniquity.--All this implies the imputation of apostasy and iniquity to Job.

Verse 23. - If thou shalt return to the Almighty. Eliphaz, like Bildad in Job 8:5, and Zophar in Job 11:13, taxes Job with having fallen away from God, almost with having apostatized. All his prophecies of future prosperity rest upon the assumption that Job, having fallen away, is now about to turn to God, repent of his misdoings, and be again received with favour. Thou shall be built up; i.e. "restored, re-established! Thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles (comp. Job 11:14, where Zophar implies that Job's tents have ill-gotten gains concealed in them). If thou return to the Almighty,.... Which supposes a departure from him; and that is by sinning against him, which should be repented of, confessed, and pardoning grace and mercy be implored, by all those that have backslidden, and return to God; to which they are encouraged by his being the "Almighty", who has power to forgive sins, also to cause all grace to abound, and to save to the uttermost; he is not a God that is prayed and returned to, that cannot save, or whose hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; the word is "shaddai", which signifies "who is sufficient", all sufficient; whose grace is sufficient to restore and receive backsliders, pardon their sins, accept their persons, supply their wants, and preserve them safe to his kingdom and glory:

thou shalt be built up; restored to his former happiness, have all his breaches repaired and made up; his body, which was like a building out of repair and dropping down, become hale and healthful; his family, which was in a ruinous condition, being deprived of his children as well as substance, be increasing again through a like number of children; by which means families are built up, Ruth 4:16; and by having a large affluence of good things, abundantly greater than he had before; and also, in a spiritual sense, be edified and built up in his soul, through the light of God's countenance, the discoveries of his love, the comforts of his spirit, an application of precious promises, and divine truths, and a communication of grace, and the blessings of it:

thou shall put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle; not commit it himself, nor connive at it in others, nor suffer it in his family, suggesting as if he had so done in times past; or remove men of iniquity, wicked men, from his house, and not allow them to dwell there; though rather this seems to be spoken of by way of promise, and as an encouragement to return to the Almighty; upon which all evils and calamities, the effects of sin and iniquity, should be removed from his house, and the apartments of it, they were now full of. 23. Built up—anew, as a restored house.

thou shalt put away—rather, "If thou put away" [Michaelis].22:21-30 The answer of Eliphaz wrongly implied that Job had hitherto not known God, and that prosperity in this life would follow his sincere conversion. The counsel Eliphaz here gives is good, though, as to Job, it was built upon a false supposition that he was a stranger and enemy to God. Let us beware of slandering our brethren; and if it be our lot to suffer in this manner, let us remember how Job was treated; yea, how Jesus was reviled, that we may be patient. Let us examine whether there may not be some colour for the slander, and walk watchfully, so as to be clear of all appearances of evil.
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