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Chapter 15

1And Eliphaz the Themanite, answered, and said: 2Will a wise man answer as if he were speaking in the wind, and fill his stomach with burning heat? 3Thou reprovest him by words, who is not equal to thee, and thou speakest that which is not good for thee. 4As much as is in thee, thou hast made void fear, and hast taken away prayers from before God. 5For thy iniquity hath taught thy mouth, and thou imitatest the tongue of blasphemers. 6Thy own mouth shall condemn thee, and not I: and thy own lips shall answer thee. 7Art thou the first man that was born, or wast thou made before the hills ? 8Hast thou heard God's counsel, and shall his wisdom be inferior to thee? 9What knowest thou that we are ignorant of? what dost thou understand that we know not? 10There are with us also aged and ancient men, much elder than thy fathers. 11Is it a great matter that God should comfort thee? but thy wicked words hinder this. 12Why doth thy heart elevate thee, and why dost thou stare with thy eyes, as if they were thinking great things ? 13Why doth thy spirit swell against God, to utter such words out of thy mouth ? 14What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born of a woman that he should appear just? 15Behold among his saints none is unchangeable, and the heavens are not pure in his sight. 16How much more is man abominable, and unprofitable, who drinketh iniquity like water? 17I will shew thee, hear me : and I mill tell thee what I have seen. 18Wise men confess and hide not their fathers. 19To whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger hath passed among them. 20The wicked man is proud all his days, and the number of the years of his tyranny is uncertain. 21The sound of dread is always in his ears: and when there is peace, he always suspecteth treason. 22He believeth not that he may return from darkness to light, looking round about for the sword on every side. 23When he moveth himself to seek bread, he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24Tribulation shall terrify him, and distress shall surround him, as a king that is prepared for the battle. 25For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and hath strengthened himself against the Almighty. 26He hath run against him with his neck raised up, and is armed with a fat neck. 27Fatness hath covered his face, and the fat hangeth down on his sides. 28He hath dwelt in desolate cities, and in desert houses that are reduced into heaps. 29He shall not be enriched, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he push his root in the earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness: the flame shall dry up his branches, and he shall be taken away by the breath of his own month. 31He shall not believe, being vainly deceived by error, that he may be redeemed with any price. 32Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall wither away. 33He shall be blasted as a vine when its grapes are in the first flower, and as an olive tree that casteth its flower. 34For the congregation of the hypocrite is barren, and fire shall devour their tabernacles, who love to take bribes. 35He hath conceived sorrow, and hath brought forth iniquity, and his womb prepareth deceits.

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