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Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and sayde,
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May a man be profitable vnto God, as he that is wise, may be profitable to himselfe?
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Is it any thing vnto the Almightie, that thou art righteous?
or is it profitable to him, that thou makest thy wayes vpright?
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Is it for feare of thee that he will accuse thee?
or go with thee into iudgement?
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Is not thy wickednes great, and thine iniquities innumerable?
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For thou hast taken the pledge from thy brother for nought, and spoyled the clothes of the naked.
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To such as were wearie, thou hast not giuen water to drinke, and hast withdrawen bread from the hungrie.
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But the mightie man had the earth, and he that was in autoritie, dwelt in it.
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Thou hast cast out widowes emptie, & the armes of the fatherles were broken.
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Therefore snares are round about thee, and feare shal suddenly trouble thee:
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Or darkenes that thou shouldest not see, & abundance of waters shal couer thee.
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Is not God on hie in the heauen?
and behold the height of the starres how hie they are.
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But thou sayest, How should God know?
can he iudge through the darke cloude?
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The cloudes hide him that he can not see, and he walketh in the circle of heauen.
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Hast thou marked the way of the worlde, wherein wicked men haue walked?
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Which were cut downe before the time, whose foundation was as a riuer that ouerflowed:
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Which sayd vnto God, Depart from vs, & asked what the Almightie could do for them.
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Yet hee filled their houses with good things: but let the counsell of the wicked be farre from me.
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The righteous shal see them, & shal reioyce, and the innocent shal laugh them to scorne.
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Surely our substance is hid: but the fire hath deuoured the remnant of them.
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Therefore acquaint thy selfe, I pray thee, with him, and make peace: thereby thou shalt haue prosperitie.
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Receiue, I pray thee, the law of his mouth, and lay vp his words in thine heart.
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If thou returne to the Almightie, thou shalt be buylt vp, and thou shalt put iniquitie farre from thy tabernacle.
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Thou shalt lay vp golde for dust, and the gold of Ophir, as the flintes of the riuers.
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Yea, the Almightie shalbe thy defence, and thou shalt haue plentie of siluer.
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And thou shalt then delite in the Almightie, and lift vp thy face vnto God.
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Thou shalt make thy praier vnto him, & he shal heare thee, & thou shalt render thy vowes.
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Thou shalt also decree a thing, and he shal establish it vnto thee, and the light shall shine vpon thy wayes.
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When others are cast downe, then shalt thou say, I am lifted vp: and God shall saue the humble person.
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The innocent shal deliuer the yland, & it shalbe preserued by the purenes of thine hands.