- Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
- Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?
- Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
- Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God.
- For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
- Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I;
Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
- Art thou the first man that was born?
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
- Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God?
And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?
- What knowest thou, that we know not?
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
- With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than thy father.
- Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is gentle toward thee?
- Why doth thy heart carry thee away?
And why do thine eyes flash,
- That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of thy mouth?
- What is man, that he should be clean?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
- Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones;
Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:
- How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
- I will show thee, hear thou me;
And that which I have seen I will declare:
- (Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it;
- Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them):
- The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
- A sound of terrors is in his ears;
In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
- He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword.
- He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where is it?
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 to the battle.
- Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty;
- He runneth upon him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers;
- Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins;
- And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps;
- He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.
- He shall not depart out of darkness;
The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of [God’s] mouth shall he go away.
- Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself;
For vanity shall be his recompense.
- It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green.
- He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree.
- For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
- They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepareth deceit.