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21For what pleasure hath he in his house after him?
Seeing the number of his months is determined.
22Shall any teach God knowledge?
Seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.
23One dieth in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and quiet;
24His pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moistened.
25And another dieth in bitterness of soul,
And hath never tasted of good.
26They lie down alike in the dust,
And the worm covereth them.
27Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28For ye say: 'Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?'
29Have ye not asked them that go by the way;
And will ye misdeem their tokens,
30That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity,
That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
31But who shall declare his way to his face?
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
32For he is borne to the grave,
And watch is kept over his tomb.
33The clods of the valley are sweet unto him,
And all men draw after him,
As there were innumerable before him.
34How then comfort ye me in vain?
And as for your answers, there remaineth only faithlessness?

22 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

2Can a man be profitable unto God?
Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?
3Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?
4Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee,
That He entereth with thee into judgment?
5Is not thy wickedness great?
And are not thine iniquities without end?
6For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought,
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
7Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink,
And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8And as a mighty man, who hath the earth,
And as a man of rank, who dwelleth in it,
9Thou hast sent widows away empty,
And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10Therefore snares are round about thee,
And sudden dread affrighted thee,
11Or darkness, that thou canst not see,
And abundance of waters cover thee.
12Is not God in the height of heaven?
And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!
13And thou sayest: 'What doth God know?
Can He judge through the dark cloud?
14Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not;