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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XV
 
 
[1]    THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
[2]  Should a wise man make answer with vain 1 knowledge,
And fill himself with the east wind?
[3]  Should he reason with unprofitable talk,
Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
[4]  Yea, thou doest away with fear,
And hinderest 2 devotion 3 before God.
[5]  For thine 4 iniquity teacheth thy mouth,
And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
[6]  Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I;
Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
 
[7]  Art thou the first man that was born?
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
[8]  Hast 5 thou heard the secret counsel of God?
And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?
[9]  What knowest thou, that we know not?
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
[10]  With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men,
Much elder than thy father.
[11]  Are the consolations of God too small for thee,
Even 6 the word that is gentle toward thee?
[12]  Why doth thy heart carry thee away?
And why do thine eyes flash,
[13]  That against God thou turnest thy spirit,
And lettest words go out of thy mouth?
[14]  What is man, that he should be clean?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
[15]  Behold he putteth no trust in his holy ones;
Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:
[16]  How much less one 7 that is abominable and corrupt,
A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
 
[17]    I will show thee, hear thou me;
And that which I have seen I will declare
[18]  (Which wise men have told
From their fathers, and have not hid it;
[19]  Unto whom alone the land was given,
And no stranger passed among them):
[20]  The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days,
Even 8 the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
[21]  A sound of terrors is in his ears;
In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
[22]  He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness,
And he is waited for of the sword.
[23]  He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?
He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
[24]  Distress and anguish make him afraid;
They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
[25]  Because he hath stretched out his hand against God,
And behaveth 9 himself proudly against the Almighty;
[26]  He runneth upon him with a stiff neck,
With 10 the thick bosses of his bucklers;
[27]  Because he hath covered his face with his fatness,
And gathered fat upon his loins;
[28]  And he hath dwelt in desolate 11 cities,
In houses which no man inhabited, 12
Which were ready to become heaps;
[29]  He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue,
Neither shall their 13 possessions be extended on the earth.
[30]  He shall not depart out of darkness;
The flame shall dry up his branches,
And by the breath of God’s 14 mouth shall he go away.
[31]  Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself;
For vanity shall be his recompense.
[32]  It shall be accomplished 15 before his time,
And his branch shall not be green.
[33]  He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine,
And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree.
[34]  For the company of the godless shall be barren,
And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
[35]  They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity,
And their heart prepareth deceit.
 
Note 1. Heb. knowledge of wind. [back]
Note 2. Heb. diminishest. [back]
Note 3. Or, meditation. [back]
Note 4. Or, thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity. [back]
Note 5. Or, Dost thou hearken in the council. [back]
Note 6. Or, Or is there any secret thing with thee?. [back]
Note 7. Or, that which is. [back]
Note 8. Or, And years that are numbered are laid up &c. [back]
Note 9. Or, biddeth defiance to. [back]
Note 10. Or, Upon. [back]
Note 11. Heb. cut off. [back]
Note 12. Or, would inhabit. [back]
Note 13. Or, their produce bend to the earth. [back]
Note 14. Heb. his. [back]
Note 15. Or, paid in full. [back]
 

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