- And Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,
- Will a wise man make answer with knowledge of no value, or will he give birth to the east wind?
- Will he make arguments with words in which is no profit, and with sayings which have no value?
- Truly, you make the fear of God without effect, so that the time of quiet worship before God is made less by your outcry.
- For your mouth is guided by your sin, and you have taken the tongue of the false for yourself.
- It is by your mouth, even yours, that you are judged to be in the wrong, and not by me;
and your lips give witness against you.
- Were you the first man to come into the world?
or did you come into being before the hills?
- Were you present at the secret meeting of God?
and have you taken all wisdom for yourself?
- What knowledge have you which we have not?
is there anything in your mind which is not in ours?
- With us are men who are grey-haired and full of years, much older than your father.
- Are the comforts of God not enough for you, and the gentle word which was said to you?
- Why is your heart uncontrolled, and why are your eyes lifted up;
- So that you are turning your spirit against God, and letting such words go out of your mouth?
- What is man, that he may be clean?
and how may the son of woman be upright?
- Truly, he puts no faith in his holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in his eyes;
- How much less one who is disgusting and unclean, a man who takes in evil like water!
- Take note and give ear to my words;
and I will say what I have seen:
- (The things which wise men have got from their fathers, and have not kept secret from us;
- For only to them was the land given, and no strange people were among them:)
- The evil man is in pain all his days, and the number of the years stored up for the cruel is small.
- A sound of fear is in his ears;
in time of peace destruction will come on him:
- He has no hope of coming safe out of the dark, and his fate will be the sword;
- He is wandering about in search of bread, saying, Where is it?
and he is certain that the day of trouble is ready for him:
- He is greatly in fear of the dark day, trouble and pain overcome him:
- Because his hand is stretched out against God, and his heart is lifted up against the Ruler of all,
- Running against him like a man of war, covered by his thick breastplate;
even like a king ready for the fight,
- Because his face is covered with fat, and his body has become thick;
- And he has made his resting-place in the towns which have been pulled down, in houses where no man had a right to be, whose fate was to become masses of broken walls.
- He does not get wealth for himself, and is unable to keep what he has got;
the heads of his grain are not bent down to the earth.
- He does not come out of the dark;
his branches are burned by the flame, and the wind takes away his bud.
- Let him not put his hope in what is false, falling into error: for he will get deceit as his reward.
- His branch is cut off before its time, and his leaf is no longer green.
- He is like a vine whose grapes do not come to full growth, or an olive-tree dropping its flowers.
- For the band of the evil-doers gives no fruit, and the tents of those who give wrong decisions for reward are burned with fire.
- Evil has made them with child, and they give birth to trouble;
and the fruit of their body is shame for themselves.