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Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and said,
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Can a man be profitable vnto God?
as hee that is wise may be profitable vnto himselfe.
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Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
or is it gaine to him, that thou makest thy waies perfite?
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Will hee reproue thee for feare of thee?
will he enter with thee into iudgment?
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Is not thy wickednesse great?
and thine iniquities infinite?
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For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
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Thou hast not giuen water to the wearie to drinke, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
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But as for the mightie man, hee had the earth, and the honourable man dwelt in it.
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Thou hast sent widowes away emptie, and the armes of the fatherlesse haue bene broken.
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Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden feare troubleth thee,
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Or darkenes that thou canst not see, and abundance of waters couer thee.
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Is not God in the height of heauen?
and behold the height of the starres how high they are.
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And thou sayest, How doth God know?
can he iudge through the darke cloude?
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Thicke cloudes are a couering to him that he seeth not, and hee walketh in the circuit of heauen.
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Hast thou marked the olde way which wicked men haue troden?
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Which were cut downe out of time, whose foundation was ouerflowen with a flood.
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Which said vnto God, Depart from vs, and what can the Almightie doe for them?
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Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsell of the wicked is farre from me.
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The righteous see it, and are glad, and the innocent laugh them to scorne.
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Whereas our substance is not cut downe, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
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Acquaint now thy selfe with him, and be at peace: thereby good shal come vnto thee.
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Receiue, I pray thee, the Lawe from his mouth, and lay vp his words in thine heart.
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If thou returne to the Almightie, thou shalt be built vp, thou shalt put away iniquitie farre from thy tabernacles.
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Then shalt thou lay vp golde as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brookes.
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Yea the Almightie shall bee thy defence, and thou shalt haue plenty of siluer.
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For then shalt thou haue thy delight in the Almightie, and shalt lift vp thy face vnto God.
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Thou shalt make thy prayer vnto him, and he shall heare thee, and thou shalt pay thy vowes.
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Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shal be established vnto thee: and the light shall shine vpon thy wayes.
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When men are cast downe, then thou shalt say, There is lifting vp: and he shall saue the humble person.
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He shall deliuer the Iland of the innocent: and it is deliuered by the purenesse of thine hands.