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Job 15:17-35

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

17 "I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;
18 What wise men have told, And have not concealed from 1their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them.
20 "The wicked man writhes 2in pain all his days, And numbered are the years 3stored up for the ruthless.
21 "Sounds of 4terror are in his ears; 5While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 "He does not believe that he will 6return from darkness, And he is destined for 7the sword.
23 "He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of 8darkness is at hand.
24 "Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself 9arrogantly against the Almighty.
26 "He rushes headlong at Him With his massive * shield.
27 "For he has 10covered his face with his fat And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28 "He has 11lived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins.
29 "He 12will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30 "He will 13not escape from darkness; The 14flame will wither his shoots, And by 15the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 "Let him not 16trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.
32 "It will be accomplished 17before his time, And his palm 18branch will not be green.
33 "He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will 19cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34 "For the company of 20the godless is barren, And fire consumes 21the tents of the corrupt.
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