Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can
do no good?
Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the
Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to
What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not
With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy
Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing
Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of
14What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman,
that he should be righteous?
Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean
in his sight.
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like
I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years
is hidden to the oppressor.
A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come
He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited
for of the sword.
He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the
day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him,
as a king ready to the battle.
For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself
against the Almighty.
He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his
Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat
on his flanks.
And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth,
which are ready to become heaps.
He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall
he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches,
and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his
It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be
He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his
flower as the olive.
For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall
consume the tabernacles of bribery.
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth