And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
To God is a man profitable, Because a wise man to himself is
Is it a delight to the Mighty One That thou art righteous?
is it gain, That thou makest perfect thy ways?
Because of thy reverence Doth He reason with thee? He
entereth with thee into judgment:
Is not thy wickedness abundant? And there is no end to thine
For thou takest a pledge of thy brother for nought, And the
garments of the naked Thou dost strip off.
Thou causest not the weary to drink water, And from the
hungry thou withholdest bread.
As to the man of arm -- he hath the earth, And the accepted
of face -- he dwelleth in it.
Widows thou hast sent away empty, And the arms of the
fatherless are bruised.
Therefore round about thee are snares, And trouble
thee doth fear suddenly.
Or darkness -- thou dost not see, And abundance of waters
doth cover thee.
Is not God high in heaven? And see the summit of the
stars, That they are high.
And thou hast said, 'What -- hath God known? Through
thickness doth He judge?
Thick clouds are a secret place to Him, And He doth
not see;' And the circle of the heavens He walketh habitually,
The path of the age dost thou observe, That men of iniquity
Who have been cut down unexpectedly, A flood is poured out
on their foundation.
Those saying to God, 'Turn aside from us,' And what doth the
Mighty One to them?
And he hath filled their houses with good: (And the
counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.)
See do the righteous and they rejoice, And the innocent
mocketh at them,
'Surely our substance hath not been cut off, And their
excellency hath fire consumed.'
Acquaint thyself, I pray thee, with Him, And be at peace,
Thereby thine increase is good.
Receive, I pray thee, from His mouth a law, And set His
sayings in thy heart.
If thou dost return unto the Mighty Thou art built up, Thou
puttest iniquity far from thy tents.
So as to set on the dust a defence, And on a rock of the
valleys a covering.
And the Mighty hath been thy defence, And silver is
strength to thee.
For then on the Mighty thou delightest thyself, And dost
lift up unto God thy face,
Thou dost make supplication unto Him, And He doth hear thee,
And thy vows thou completest.
And thou decreest a saying, And it is established to thee,
And on thy ways hath light shone.
For they have made low, And thou sayest, 'Lift up.' And the
bowed down of eyes he saveth.
He delivereth the not innocent, Yea, he hath been delivered
By the cleanness of thy hands.