|And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
|Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind,
|Reasoning with unprofitable talk, and with speeches which do no good?
|Yea, thou makest piety of none effect, and restrainest meditation before �God.
|For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou hast chosen the tongue of the crafty.
|Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; and thy lips testify against thee.
|Art thou the first man that was born? and wast thou brought forth before the hills?
|Hast thou listened in the secret council of +God? And hast thou absorbed wisdom for thyself?
|What knowest thou that we know not? [what] understandest thou which is not in us?
|Both the greyheaded and the aged are with us, older than thy father.
|Are the consolations of �God too small for thee? and the word gently spoken to thee?
|Why doth thy heart carry thee away? and why do thine eyes wink?
|That thou turnest thy spirit against �God, and lettest words go out of thy mouth?
|What is man, that he should be pure? and he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
|Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight:
|How much less the abominable and corrupt, -- man, that drinketh unrighteousness like water!
|I will shew thee, listen to me; and what I have seen I will declare;
|Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hidden;
|Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
|All his days the wicked man is tormented, and numbered years are allotted to the violent.
|The sound of terrors is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer cometh upon him.
|He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is singled out for the sword.
|He wandereth abroad for bread, -- where may it be? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
|Distress and anguish make him afraid; they prevail against him, as a king ready for the battle.
|For he hath stretched out his hand against �God, and strengthened himself against the Almighty:
|He runneth against him, with [outstretched] neck, with the thick bosses of his bucklers;
|For he hath covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat upon [his] flanks.
|And he dwelleth in desolate cities, in houses that no man inhabiteth, which are destined to become heaps.
|He shall not become rich, neither shall his substance continue, and their possessions shall not extend upon the earth.
|He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches; and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
|Let him not trust in vanity: he is deceived, for vanity shall be his recompense;
|It shall be complete before his day, and his branch shall not be green.
|He shall shake off his unripe grapes as a vine, and shall cast his flower as an olive.
|For the family of the ungodly shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
|They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, and their belly prepareth deceit.