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1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and saide,

2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

3 Shall he dispute with wordes not comely? or with talke that is not profitable?

4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

6 Thine owne mouth condemneth thee, and not I, and thy lippes testifie against thee.

7 [Art] thou the first man [that] was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

9 What knowest thou that we knowe not? and vnderstandest that is not in vs?

10 With vs are both auncient and very aged men, farre older then thy father.

11 [Are] the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,

13 That thou answerest to God at thy pleasure, and bringest such wordes out of thy mouth?

14 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15 Beholde, he founde no stedfastnesse in his Saintes: yea, the heauens are not cleane in his sight.

16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

17 I will tell thee: heare me, and I will declare that which I haue seene:

18 Which wise men haue tolde, as they haue heard of their fathers, and haue not kept it secret:

19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.

20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

21 A sounde of feare is in his eares, and in his prosperitie the destroyer shall come vpon him.

22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

23 He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where [is it]? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

25 For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and made him selfe strong against the Almightie.

26 Therefore God shall runne vpon him, euen vpon his necke, and against the most thicke part of his shielde.

27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on [his] flanks.

28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.

29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.

30 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.

31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

32 His branch shall not be greene, but shall be cut off before his day.

33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

34 For the congregation of hypocrites [shall be] desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.