1: Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
2: "Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
3: Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches with which he can do no good?
4: Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.
5: For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.
6: Your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Yes, your own lips testify against you.
7: "Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
8: Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9: What do you know, that we don't know? What do you understand, which is not in us?
10: With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, much elder than your father.
11: Are the consolations of God too small for you, even the word that is gentle toward you?
12: Why does your heart carry you away? Why do your eyes flash,
13: That you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
14: What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15: Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones. Yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight;
16: how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
17: "I will show you, listen to me; that which I have seen I will declare:
18: (Which wise men have told by their fathers, and have not hidden it;
19: to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them):
20: the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even 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 on him.
22: He doesn't believe that he shall return out of darkness. He is waited for by the sword.
23: He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows 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 has stretched out his hand against God, and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
26: he runs at him with a stiff neck, with the thick shields of his bucklers;
27: because he has covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat on his thighs.
28: He has lived in desolate cities, in houses which no one inhabited, which were ready to become heaps.
29: He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.
30: He shall not depart out of darkness. The flame shall dry up his branches. By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.
31: Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness shall be his reward.
32: It shall be accomplished before his time. 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. Their heart prepares deceit."