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JOB

13Oh that Thou wouldest hide me in the nether-world,
That Thou wouldest keep me secret, until Thy wrath be past,
That Thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!—
14If a man die, may he live again?
All the days of my service would I wait, till my relief should come—
15Thou wouldest call, and I would answer Thee;
Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of Thy hands.
16But now Thou numberest my steps,
Thou dost not even wait for my sin;
17My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And Thou heapest up mine iniquity.
18And surely the mountain falling crumbleth away, And the rock is removed out of its place;
19The waters wear the stones;
The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth;
So Thou destroyest the hope of man.
20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth;
Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not;
And they are brought low, but he regardeth them not.
22But his flesh grieveth for him,
And his soul mourneth over him.


15 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:
2Should a wise man make answer with windy knowledge,
And fill his belly with the east wind?
3Should he reason with unprofitable talk,
Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
4Yea, thou doest away with fear,
And impairest devotion before God.
5For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth,
And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I;
Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
 
7Art thou the first man that was born?
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
8Dost thou hearken in the council of God?
And dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
9What knowest thou, that we know not?
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
10With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men,
Much older than thy father.
11Are the consolations of God too small for thee,
And the word that dealeth gently with thee?
12Why doth thy heart carry thee away?
And why do thine eyes wink?
13That thou turnest thy spirit against God,
And lettest such words go out of thy mouth.
14What is man, that he should be clean?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15Behold, He putteth no trust in His holy ones;
Yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight.

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