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Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and saide,
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Shal a wise man speake words of ye winde, and fill his bellie with the East winde?
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Shall he dispute with wordes not comely?
or with talke that is not profitable?
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Surely thou hast cast off feare, and restrainest prayer before God.
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For thy mouth declareth thine iniquitie, seeing thou hast chosen ye tongue of the crafty.
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Thine owne mouth condemneth thee, and not I, and thy lippes testifie against thee.
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Art thou the first man, that was borne?
and wast thou made before the hils?
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Hast thou heard the secret counsell of God, and doest thou restraine wisedome to thee?
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What knowest thou that we knowe not?
and vnderstandest that is not in vs?
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With vs are both auncient and very aged men, farre older then thy father.
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Seeme the consolations of God smal vnto thee?
is this thing strange vnto thee?
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Why doeth thine heart take thee away, and what doe thine eyes meane,
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That thou answerest to God at thy pleasure, and bringest such wordes out of thy mouth?
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What is man, that he should be cleane?
and he that is borne of woman, that he shoulde be iust?
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Beholde, he founde no stedfastnesse in his Saintes: yea, the heauens are not cleane in his sight.
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How much more is man abominable, and filthie, which drinketh iniquitie like water?
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I will tell thee: heare me, and I will declare that which I haue seene:
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Which wise men haue tolde, as they haue heard of their fathers, and haue not kept it secret:
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To whome alone the land was giuen and no stranger passed through them.
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The wicked man is continually as one that traueileth of childe, and the nomber of yeeres is hid from the tyrant.
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A sounde of feare is in his eares, and in his prosperitie the destroyer shall come vpon him.
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He beleeueth not to returne out of darknesse: for he seeth the sworde before him.
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He wandreth to and fro for bread where he may: he knoweth that the day of darkenesse is prepared at hande.
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Affliction and anguish shall make him afraide: they shall preuaile against him as a King readie to the battell.
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For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and made him selfe strong against the Almightie.
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Therefore God shall runne vpon him, euen vpon his necke, and against the most thicke part of his shielde.
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Because he hath couered his face with his fatnesse, and hath colloppes in his flancke.
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Though he dwell in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, but are become heapes,
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He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof in the earth.
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He shall neuer depart out of darkenesse: the flame shall drie vp his branches, and he shall goe away with the breath of his mouth.
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He beleeueth not that he erreth in vanitie: therefore vanitie shalbe his change.
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His branch shall not be greene, but shall be cut off before his day.
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God shall destroy him as the vine her sower grape, and shall cast him off, as the oliue doeth her flowre.
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For the congregation of the hypocrite shalbe desolate, and fire shall deuoure the houses of bribes.
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For they conceiue mischiefe and bring foorth vanitie, and their bellie hath prepared deceite.