Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge aAnd fill himself with the east wind?
"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?
"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.
"For ayour guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of bthe crafty.
"Your aown mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you.
"Were you the first man to be born, Or awere you brought forth before the hills?
"Do you hear the asecret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?
"aWhat do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?
"Both the agray-haired and the aged are among us, Older than your father.
"Are athe consolations of God too small for you, Even the bword spoken gently with you?
"Why does your aheart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,
That you should turn your spirit against God And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
"What is man, that ahe should be pure, Or bhe who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
"Behold, He puts no trust in His aholy ones, And the bheavens are not pure in His sight;
How much less one who is adetestable and corrupt, Man, who bdrinks iniquity like water!
"I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;
What wise men have told, And have not concealed from atheir fathers,
To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them.
"The wicked man writhes ain pain all his days, And numbered are the years bstored up for the ruthless.
"Sounds of aterror are in his ears; bWhile at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
"He does not believe that he will areturn from darkness, And he is destined for bthe sword.
"He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of adarkness is at hand.
"Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself aarrogantly against the Almighty.
"He rushes headlong at Him With his massive shield.
"For he has acovered his face with his fat And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
"He has alived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins.
"He awill not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
"He will anot escape from darkness; The bflame will wither his shoots, And by cthe breath of His mouth he will go away.
"Let him not atrust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.
"It will be accomplished abefore his time, And his palm bbranch will not be green.
"He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will acast off his flower like the olive tree.
"For the company of athe godless is barren, And fire consumes bthe tents of the corrupt.
"They aconceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception."