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Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
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Should a wise man vtter vaine knowledge, and fill his belly with the East winde?
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Should hee reason with vnprofitable talke?
or with speeches wherewith he can doe no good?
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Yea thou castest off feare, and restrainest prayer before God.
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For thy mouth vttereth thine iniquitie, and thou choosest the tongue of the craftie.
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Thine owne mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea thine owne lippes testifie against thee.
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Art thou the first man that was borne?
or wast thou made before the hilles?
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Hast thou heard the secret of God?
and doest thou restraine wisedome to thy selfe?
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What knowest thou that we know not?
what vnderstandest thou, which is not in vs?
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With vs are both the gray headed, and very aged men, much elder then thy father.
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Are the consolations of God small with thee?
is there any secret thing with thee?
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Why doeth thine heart carie thee away?
and what doe thine eyes winke at,
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That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words goe out of thy mouth?
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What is man, that he should be cleane?
and he which is borne of a woman, that he should be righteous?
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Beholde, he putteth no trust in his Saints, yea, the heauens are not cleane in his sight.
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How much more abominable and filthie is man, which drinketh iniquitie like water?
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I will shew thee, heare me, and that which I haue seene, I wil declare,
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Which wise men haue tolde from their fathers, and haue not hid it:
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Unto whom alone the earth was giuen, and no stranger passed among them.
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The wicked man trauaileth with paine all his dayes, and the number of yeeres is hidden to the oppressour.
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A dreadfull sound is in his eares;
in prosperitie the destroyer shall come vpon him.
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He beleeueth not that he shall returne out of darkenesse, and he is waited for, of the sword.
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He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?
he knoweth that the day of darkenes is ready at his hand.
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Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid;
they shall preuaile against him, as a king ready to the battell.
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For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himselfe against the Almightie.
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He runneth vpon him, euen on his necke, vpon the thicke bosses of his bucklers:
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Because he couereth his face with his fatnesse, and maketh collops of fat on his flankes.
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And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heapes.
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He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof vpon the earth.
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He shall not depart out of darkenesse, the flame shall drie vp his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he goe away.
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Let not him that is deceiued, trust in vanitie: for vanitie shalbe his recompence.
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It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not bee greene.
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He shal shake off his vnripe grape as the Uine, and shall cast off his flowre as the Oliue.
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For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of briberie.
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They conceiue mischiefe, and bring forth vanitie, and their belly prepareth deceit.