15 Then qEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
or in words with which he can do no good?
4 But you are doing away with the fear of God1
and hindering meditation before God.
and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your vown mouth condemns you, and not I;
wyour own lips testify against you.
7 x“Are you the first man who was born?
8 Have you listened in athe council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 bWhat do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10 cBoth the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
older than your father.
or the word that deals gently with you?
and why do your eyes flash,
13 that you turn your dspirit against God
and bring such words out of your mouth?
Or he who is gborn of a woman, that he can be righteous?
and the heavens are not pure in his sight;
a man who ldrinks injustice like water!
and what I have seen I will declare
without hiding it mfrom their fathers,
and no nstranger passed among them).
21 qDreadful sounds are in his ears;
in rprosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
and he is marked for the sword.
23 He swanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
they tprevail against him, like a king ready for battle.
and defies the Almighty,
with a thickly bossed shield;
27 because he has wcovered his face with his fat
and gathered fat upon his waist
in houses that none should inhabit,
which were ready to become heaps of ruins;
nor will his possessions spread over the earth;3
the flame will dry up his shoots,
and by xthe breath of his mouth he will depart.
31 Let him not ytrust in emptiness, deceiving himself,
for emptiness will be his payment.
32 It will be paid in full zbefore his time,
and his branch will not be green.
and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.
34 For athe company of the godless is barren,
and bfire consumes the tents of bribery.
35 They cconceive trouble and give birth to evil,
and their dwomb prepares deceit.”
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