|Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:||THE SECOND DIALOGUE. Jb.15.1-21.34. Eliphaz. Jb.15.1-35|
|"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, |
and fill himself with the east wind?
|Should he argue in unprofitable talk, |
or in words with which he can do no good?
|But you are doing away with the fear of God, |
and hindering meditation before God.
|For your iniquity teaches your mouth, |
and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
|Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; |
your own lips testify against you.
|"Are you the first man that was born? |
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
|Have you listened in the council of God? |
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
|What do you know that we do not know? |
What do you understand that is not clear to us?
|Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, |
older than your father.
|Are the consolations of God too small for you, |
or the word that deals gently with you?
|Why does your heart carry you away, |
and why do your eyes flash,
|that you turn your spirit against God, |
and let such words go out of your mouth?
|What is man, that he can be clean? |
Or he that is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
|Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, |
and the heavens are not clean in his sight;
|how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, |
a man who drinks iniquity like water!
|"I will show you, hear me; |
and what I have seen I will declare
|(what wise men have told,|
and their fathers have not hidden,
|to whom alone the land was given, |
and no stranger passed among them).
|The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,|
through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
|Terrifying sounds are in his ears;|
in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
|He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, |
and he is destined for the sword.
|He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' |
He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
|distress and anguish terrify him;|
they prevail against him,
like a king prepared for battle.
|Because he has stretched forth his hand against God, |
and bids defiance to the Almighty,
|running stubbornly against him |
with a thick-bossed shield;
|because he has covered his face with his fat, |
and gathered fat upon his loins,
|and has lived in desolate cities, |
in houses which no man should inhabit,
which were destined to become heaps of ruins;
|he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, |
nor will he strike root in the earth;
|he will not escape from darkness; |
the flame will dry up his shoots,
and his blossom will be swept away by the wind.
|Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;|
for emptiness will be his recompense.
|It will be paid in full before his time, |
and his branch will not be green.
|He will shake off his unripe grape, like the vine, |
and cast off his blossom, like the olive tree.
|For the company of the godless is barren, |
and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
|They conceive mischief and bring forth evil |
and their heart prepares deceit."
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