Then Eliphaz the Temanitearesponded ,
"Should a wisemananswer with windyknowledge1And fillbhimself with the eastwind ?
"Should he argue with uselesstalk, Or with words which are not profitable ?
4"Indeed, you doaway with creverence And hindermeditationbeforeGod.
"For 2your guiltteaches your mouth, And you choose the language of 3the crafty.
"Your 4own mouthcondemns you, and not I; And your own lipstestify against you.
"Were you the firstman to be born, Or 5were you broughtforthbefore the hills ?
"Do you hear the 6secretcounsel of God, And limitwisdom to yourself?
"7What do you know that we do not know ? What do you understand that dwe do not?
10"Both the 8gray-haired and the aged are among us, Olderthan your father.
"Are 9the consolations of Godtoosmall for you, Even the 10word spoken gently with you?
12"Why does your 11heartcarry you away? And why do your eyesflash,
That you should turn your spiritagainstGod And allow such words to go out of your mouth ?
14"What is man, that 12he should be pure, Or 13he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous ?
15"Behold, He putsnotrust in His 14holyones, And the 15heavens are not pure in His sight ;
16Howmuchless one who is 16detestable and corrupt, Man, who 17drinksiniquity like water !
"I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare ;
18Whatwisemen have told, And have not concealed from 18their fathers,
To whomalone the land was given, And noalienpassedamong them.
"The wickedmanwrithes19in painall his days, And enumbered are the years20stored up for the ruthless.
"fSounds of 21terror are in his ears ; 22While at peace the destroyercomes upon him.
"He does not believe that he will 23return from darkness, And he is destined for 24the sword.
"He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of 25darkness is gat hand.
24"Distress and anguishterrify him, They overpower him like a kingready for the attack,
25Because he has stretched out his handagainstGod And conducts himself 26arrogantlyagainsththe Almighty.
"He rushesiheadlong at Him With jhis massiveshield.
"For he has 27covered his face with his fat And made his thighsheavy with flesh.
"He has 28lived in desolatecities, In housesno one would inhabit, Which are destined to become kruins.
"He 29will not becomerich, nor will his wealthendure ; And his grain will not benddown to the ground.
"He will 30not lescape from darkness ; The 31flame will wither his shoots, And by 32the breath of His mouth he will goaway.
"Let him not 33trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his mreward.
"It will be accomplished34before his time, And his palm35branch will not be green.
"He will dropoff his unripegrape like the vine, And will 36castoff his flower like the olivetree.
"For the company of 37the godless is barren, And fireconsumes38the tents of nthe corrupt.
"They 39conceiveomischief and bringforthiniquity, And their pmindpreparesdeception."